Microsoft to Acquire Skype for $8.5 Billion

Microsoft to Acquire Skype for $8.5 Billion

May 11

Microsoft has confirmed that they are acquiring Skype for $8.5 billion.

Microsoft and Skype

Microsoft Corp. and Skype Global announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Microsoft will acquire Skype, the leading Internet communications company, for $8.5 billion in cash from the investor group led by Silver Lake. The agreement has been approved by the boards of directors of both Microsoft and Skype.

Skype is the popular voice over internet service that also offers a Mac and iOS App version.

Microsoft reports that Skype will support Microsoft devices like Xbox and Kinect, Windows Phone and a wide array of Windows devices, and Microsoft will connect Skype users with Lync, Outlook, Xbox Live and other communities. The press release also states that they will continue to invest in and support Skype clients on non-Microsoft platforms.

Skype 5.0 for Mac Beta With Group Video Calling Now Available

Skype 5.0 for Mac Beta With Group Video Calling Now Available

Nov 09

Popular VoIP and video calling  Skype released of a beta version of Skype 5.0 for Mac, bringing a single-window design, group video calling, Address Book integration, and a number of other new and improved features to the company’s software.

According to Macworld, group video calling will be free for users during the beta period but unfortunately will require a paid plan once the feature officially launches. There is no word yet on what Skype plans to charge for the feature.

Skype 5.0 Beta for Mac is a free download available from Skype’s website.

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