FTC approves Microsoft's Skype acquisition, Skype fires executives

By Emil · 13 replies
Jun 20, 2011
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  1. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has approved Microsoft's planned acquisition of Skype, according to Reuters. The news means the software giant has won US antitrust approval for the deal, thought…

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  2. example1013

    example1013 TS Enthusiast Posts: 265

    I still don't really like this idea, as a consumer, as it positions Microsoft to cut off iOS/OSX, Linux, Chrome OS, and Android from compatability. Hell, Skype could now be included with a fresh Windows install, being first-party. That said, I don't think it really breaks any antitrust laws, as there are other services out there.
  3. stewi0001

    stewi0001 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,681   +1,080

    Ack I'm confused, I'm currently in a programming mind-set, so I need some help understanding. Was this a smart move that will benifit all around or is someone just being greedy.

    All I can tell is the purchase price will be less and the stock values will be less too...
  4. bl4cksh4d0w

    bl4cksh4d0w TS Rookie Posts: 18

    I am glad to see the current executives go. I love Skype, but they have made some dumb moves on the mobile side in the last year. I am pretty sure at this point MS realizes Apple is not going anywhere, and will continue its Skype support. Office 2011 for Mac OS is a good example.
  5. Vrmithrax

    Vrmithrax TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,352   +293

    I think it's a very solid move... Rather than just coming up with a median competitor to Google Voice, Microsoft is positioning itself to blast into the market full force with an established Skype product. Skype is already pervasive, you see it everywhere (even news programs have "Skype interviews" these days). Microsoft would lose massive amounts of credibility and advantage if they cut off all of the platforms besides their own - that is a big part of Skype's growing appeal, being multiplatform.

    My hope is Skype benefits from having the juggernaut of Microsoft behind them, and does nothing but improve. The key will be in how well the Skype team and coding philosophies mesh with Microsoft's teams.
  6. howzz1854

    howzz1854 TS Evangelist Posts: 611   +94

    with the popularity of Skype, no one is really using MSN messenger. it's only a logical move for a company like microsoft to squire it and turn it into MSN messenger. although i don't think they'll go quite a far as naming the whole thing as MSN messenger, but it's only logical for them to phase out MSN and let Skype take over. Good: better integration for Windows users. BAD: potential terrible integration for other (OS)s.
  7. example1013

    example1013 TS Enthusiast Posts: 265

    That's actually not a great example. Microsoft has been cutting features for years now. Back in 2007 they cut all Visual Basic support. So by that logic, we're going to have bastardized programs with important features missing.
  8. gwailo247

    gwailo247 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,010   +18

    Doesn't Apple have FaceTime for this purpose? I'm sure they prefer you using this to Skype anyway.
  9. example1013

    example1013 TS Enthusiast Posts: 265

    What about those of us who don't have iPhones, but have macs? FaceTime is iPhone-only, I'm pretty sure. And besides, what if I don't like FaceTime? Skype has been the first option for a while now for me, and I'd rather not be artificially forced into stopping using it just because MS doesn't like Apple. It's certainly not going to make me more inclined to buy Microsoft products, that's for sure.
  10. gwailo247

    gwailo247 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,010   +18

    Apparently no: http://www.apple.com/mac/facetime/. Things are looking up already. =)

    I get what you're saying, but based on what I've seen, its Apple hating on MS, not the other way around. Since IBM left the PC arena, Apple needed someone to position themselves against to continue to be the underdog, and they picked, obviously, Windows.

    MS was never against Apple because Apple was never a competitor in the desktop market. Still isn't.

    Apple is the one waging the war with the world, its no surprise that some of their 'enemies' will stop supporting their products on Apple.

    The only person that loses is you.
  11. example1013

    example1013 TS Enthusiast Posts: 265

    Well I still have Windows, but it makes it more of a hassle. Regardless, I do get what you're saying. Just like the whole flash thing.
  12. Microsoft: Yeah, Fire all them !!!
  13. And so it begins... Microsoft will eventually turn Skype into rubbish.
  14. bl4cksh4d0w

    bl4cksh4d0w TS Rookie Posts: 18


    Dude a move from 2007 means nothing today. That's 4 years ago, which is a eternity ago in tech time. Heck the iPhone didn't release until the end of June in 07, so Apple hadn't had there big comeback yet. So of course Microsoft didn't perceive them as something worth supporting then. In office 2011 they added a huge feature Outlook. This is a pretty big move, because it allows macs to actually be used in a enterprise environment with Exchange. Prior that was a huge complaint of Office for Mac. I think you are misled, Microsoft knows better then to not support Mac OS and iOS now.

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