Sunday, October 16, 2011

Sykpe now part of Microsoft

Microsoft completed their acquisition of Skype, the popular voice, text and video communications program, on the 14th October. Skype CEO Tony Bates has been named president, immediately, of the new business division - Skype Division of Microsoft.  He will be reporting to Microsoft CEO, Steve Balmer.

"Skype is a phenomenal product and brand that is loved by hundreds of millions of people around the world," said Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. "We look forward to working with the Skype team to create new ways for people to stay connected to family, friends, clients and colleagues -- anytime, anywhere."

By bringing together the best of Microsoft and the best of Skype, we are committed to empowering consumers and businesses around the globe to connect in new ways," Bates said. "Together, we will be able to accelerate Skype's goal to reach 1 billion users daily," Bates said.

The focus will be on further developing Skype products on Microsoft Platforms.  Alternative (non Microsoft) Skype clients (Android, iPhone, iPad, TV) will continue to be supported.  There was no mention in the Press Release whether there are plans to introduce charges for their currently free services.

Microsoft Skype Site

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