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Microsoft Skype acquisition may impact Linux users

May 11, 2011, 16:02 (16 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Brian Proffitt)

"Skype has been a hot little property in the cloud market for some time, since eBay, the former owners of Skype, sold a majority share to an investment consortium in late 2009. For most industry watchers, it was only a matter of time before the consortium polished Skype up and trotted it out on the open market again. Now it looks like Microsoft may be the winning suitor.

"The WSJ article speculates that Microsoft may be acquiring Skype to bolster their lagging Windows Phone offerings. It certainly couldn't hurt, since Google's Android and Apple's iOS are effectively kicking Windows Phone's metaphorical butt. But, the article adds, Microsoft would have to be careful, if indeed this was the plan."

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