Microsoft Closes Its Acquisition of Skype
Oct 14, 2011, 7:21 AM by Eric M. Zeman
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 $8.5 billion for Skype, the deal was first announced in May. Now that the acquisition is complete, Skype will become a new division within Microsoft, and will be led by former Skype CEO Tony Bates, who will report directly to Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. Microsoft and Skype said their goal moving forward is to connect all people across all devices and speed up the availability of real-time communications for businesses and consumers alike. Microsoft purchased Skype from private equity investor, who purchased Skype from eBay.
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Well, there goes Skype as we know it...
Oh well, there may be an opportunity to own Skype when they finally split-up M$, can...