I read this morning on that Microsoft has confirmed that they are buying Skype. Skype were once owned by eBay, as I was reminded of in a post on “All things Digital” a Wall Street Journal blog, which also talked about Skype being on its way to an IPO.
On gigaom.com in a post called “Why Microsoft is buying Skype for 8.5 Billion” (yes, Billion) they listed the reasons why this works for Microsoft. These include:
- It would give them a must-have application/service that can help with the adoption of the future versions of Windows Mobile operating system.
- However, the biggest reason for Microsoft to buy Skype is Windows Phone 7 (Mobile OS) and Nokia. The software giant needs a competitive offering to Google Voice and Apple’s emerging communication platform, Facetime.
Well, this may help Microsoft push Windows Phone 7… or it may cost Skype a lot of users. I hope they don’t start making Skype a “platform-specific” service. That’s why I don’t use Facetime…. everyone’s on Skype… and I’m sure that the talk of Skype’s interest in being compatible with Facetime will disappear pretty quickly now that Microsoft are paying their bills.
Big win for Microsoft. Hopefully not a great loss for all of the rest of us, who use Skype.
I predict it will get harder and harder to use Skype unless you’re on a Windows platform, which I’m not.