Breaking news! Microsoft Buys Skype: What the Web Is Saying: Tech News and Analysis «
Very few people saw a Microsoft deal for Skype coming, so when Om first reported that it was in the works, the idea was met with a lot of skepticism. Now that Microsoft has confirmed the deal and the price of $8.5 billion, the news is still leaving many scratching their heads. Others, however, say there is some wisdom in the move — although it still comes down to Microsoft making the deal work, which is far from a given.
Many are wondering if Microsoft can actually make good on the purchase and not botch it, something most large corporations have a habit of doing. Dave Winer, the father of RSS, expressed what a lot of people are wondering:
“Can’t imagine really using a Microsoft product again. How can they not screw it up?
Peter Bright of Ars Technica questioned the price of the deal, which comes down to more than $1,000 per registered Skype user. He said Skype, while not a well written piece of software, could be valuable as an addition to Microsoft’s Messenger/Lync platform, though it also represents a lot of overlap with existing products. It could be integrated into Windows Phone 7 but that could make it unattractive for carriers. And he wondered how lucrative each customer will be for Microsoft.