Photo: Steve Ballmer (Microsoft CEO) and Tony Bates (Skype CEO) shaking hands and giving the news today May 10th.
Combined companies aim to deliver the future of real-time communications to consumers and businesses around the world. Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer and Skype CEO Tony Bates to discuss the announcement via live press conference.
Skype CEO Tony Bates will assume the title of president of the Microsoft Skype Division, reporting directly to Ballmer.
Microsoft has acquired Skype by a huge amount: 8 billion dollars.
Last week Facebook and Google were also interested in buying Skype.
Microsoft and Skype today announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Microsoft will acquire Skype, the leading Internet communications company, for $8.5 billion in cash from the investor group led by Silver Lake. The agreement has been approved by the boards of directors of both Microsoft and Skype.
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.
Microsoft, Google and Facebook know that the future in communications relies on VoIP technology.
Post author: Daniel Semper