Microsoft is buying Skype for 8.5 billion in cash.
The is a headline news! Why?
1. This is Microsoft's biggest acquisition ever.
2. Skype user, like me may be disappointed.
Skype started in year 2003 and acquired by eBay for 2.6 billion at year 2005.
Few years later, eBay sell Skype to an investment institution lead by Silver Lake Partners and other parties included the original founders (of Skype) for a total value deal of USD2.75 billions (detail refer here).
Now Microsoft willing to pay 8.5 billions for Skype, it sounds like a good deal.
I am just worried that Skype will only available on Microsoft platform and eventually kill Skype in the future.
Skype was started as an VoIP software and services, today we know there are a lot more competitors, especially on mobile platform. I just name it, Google Talk, FaceTime, Viber, Tango.
Most available VoIP software can't match with Skype, in terms of voice quality, user interface or value added services. Skype provide more services other than just VoIP call, like SkypeIn and SkypeOut services. Most importantly Skype available on multi-platform which include Windows, Linux, Mac OS X, Windows Mobile, iOS and many more.
Theoretically Microsoft will kill any the development other than Microsoft related platform. It might not happen now, might not be these 2 years. No one can grantee it wouldn't happen.
Microsoft buys Skype