Microsoft to Acquire Skype

June 30, 2011 Update: Office 365 To Get Skype Integration. It appears Microsoft will integrate Skype functionality into Office 365 voice and video conferencing: http://www.informationweek.com/news/windows/microsoft_news/231000726.

June 17, 2011 Update: Microsoft Wins Antitrust Approval From FTC To Buy Skype: http://online.wsj.com/article/BT-CO-20110617-713214.html.

This is not Microsoft OCS/Lync news per se, but in case you missed it, this morning Microsoft has entered into an agreement to acquire Skype: http://www.microsoft.com/Presspass/press/2011/may11/05-10CorpNewsPR.mspx.

This is exciting news – the acquisition in itself significantly extends Microsoft’s Unified Communication’s reach to many more millions of people world-wide, and the potential of integration with Microsoft Lync, the Office platform, and other Microsoft devices is powerful.

From the press release: “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. Microsoft will continue to invest in and support Skype clients on non-Microsoft platforms”.

The thought of potentially having Skype users in my Lync client and vice-versa is appealing!


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. Microsoft will continue to invest in and support Skype clients on non-Microsoft platforms.
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