Microsoft Closes Its Acquisition of Skype
Microsoft today said that it is now the official owner of Skype, as the deal has cleared the necessary regulatory hurdles to proceed. Microsoft paid $8.5 billion for Skype, the deal was first announced in May. Now that the acquisition is complete, Skype will become a new division within Microsoft, and will be led by former Skype CEO Tony Bates, who will report directly to Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. Microsoft and Skype said their goal moving forward is to connect all people across all devices and speed up the availability of real-time communications for businesses and consumers alike. Microsoft purchased Skype from private equity investor, who purchased Skype from eBay.
Microsoft Brings the Power of Cortana and Bots to Skype
Microsoft is giving Skype a boost of intelligence thanks to Cortana and Skype Bots. With Cortana integration, Skype users will be able to do things such as manage their calendar and contacts without leaving the Skype app.
Microsoft Says It Optimized Skype for Older, Slower Android Devices
Microsoft recently released an updated version of Skype for Android meant for older smartphones. Specifically, this down-tuned variant of Skype is intended for Android devices running 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich to 5.1 Lollipop.
Skype for iOS Gains Siri Support
Microsoft today released a new version of Skype for iOS 10 devices that includes support for Siri. Skype users can now initiate Skype calls by asking Siri to connect them.
Skype for Android Earns Tighter Outlook and Office Integration
Microsoft today updated Skype for Android with new ways to work with Outlook and Office. The latest version of Microsoft's calling and messaging app allows users to schedule calls in Outlook from Skype easily by tapping the contact's name and using the scheduling tool to send an invite.
Well, there goes Skype as we know it...
Oh well, there may be an opportunity to own Skype when they finally split-up M$, can...