10 thoughts on “Steve Ballmer & Tony Bates Talk About Skype-Microsoft Deal”

  1. With the exception of Bungie and Hotmail, I can’t think of any Microsoft acquisitions that have improved the company as a whole.

    1. I lived in Bellevue for a few years, and was always surprised Ballmer didn’t get more criticism for his leadership of MS over the last handful of years. I give him and his team credit for the splurge. Skype, oddly enough, reminds me of one of their programs, with all the issues I’ve had with it over the last year. 🙂

  2. This is not just about MS. Acquisitions in general are very hard to make them work. But I think MS have their chance. I would not be surprised if this is an heroic move from Ballmer (at last???). Think about Skype coming de facto on every WP7 phones and on every PC. Think about that user base. Automatically more than 1 billion people. This could be huge if properly executed. Apple’s FaceTime looks tiny in comparison…

    1. Skype has had the chance to land on every mobile phone, but they’ve crippled their client in most cases to do deals with carriers (Verizon) when the carriers had little leverage with them.

      How will Microsoft have more leverage to deliver the full range of Skype features (e.g., VOIP calls over 3G) when carriers can hold WP7 hostage?

    2. I accept this courageous venture for the ultimate prosperity of all peoples of this great planet. May the force be with us!

  3. Microsoft is going to clean house on getting that long xXx $ gUaPeY $ , now that they have Skype under their belt. Talk about Cam’ron of Dipset & Microsoft keeping the “puters puting”…lol

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