"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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