DroidForums.net is the original Verizon Android Forum! Registered Users do not see these ads. Please Register - It's Free!
Page 1 of 3 123 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 28

Thread: Skype Acquired By Microsoft for $8.5 Billion Dollars

  1. Editor in Chief
    dgstorm's Avatar
    Member #
    154790
    Join Date
    Dec 2010
    Posts
    6,331
    Liked
    2060 times
    Phone
    Enter Current Phone Model Here
    Premium Member
    #1

    Skype Acquired By Microsoft for $8.5 Billion Dollars


    Even though this isn't directly Android related, it will potentially affect Android users in a big way. Today it has been officially announced that Microsoft purchased Skype for $8.5 Billion dollars. The Redmond based super-corp has promised that they will continue to develop Skype for "other platforms" besides just their own, but we will have to wait and see to what degree. Here's a quote 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.
    You can read the full press release at the link below. This doesn't seem like very good news to me. What do you guys think?

    Source: Android.net via Microsoft Full Press Release - Microsoft Acquires Skype for $8.5 Billion Dollars
    Last edited by dgstorm; 05-10-2011 at 10:04 AM.
  2. Senior Droid
    jodyberry's Avatar
    Member #
    15312
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Posts
    188
    Liked
    4 times
    Phone
    Enter Current Phone Here
    #2
    WOW!! Didn't think a single app could be worth Billions!! Millions maybe.
  3. Master Droid
    music life's Avatar
    Member #
    190934
    Join Date
    Apr 2011
    Location
    Va beach
    Posts
    299
    Liked
    8 times
    Phone
    Galaxy S3
    #3
    skype is alot bigger than just an app
  4. Master Droid
    Beardface's Avatar
    Member #
    54359
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    Location
    Raleigh, NC
    Posts
    601
    Liked
    18 times
    Phone
    HTC Thunderbolt
    #4
    Nope, doesn't seem good to me, either

    Would not be surprised to see Microsoft completely eliminate Skype for Android altogether to make their Windows Phone more attractive. Either that, or it will be a free app and service with Windows Phones but will be a paid app with a monthly subscription for anything else.
    Carolina Hurricanes - 2006 Stanley Cup Champions

  5. Senior Droid
    evan2001's Avatar
    Member #
    193760
    Join Date
    May 2011
    Posts
    113
    Liked
    2 times
    Phone
    Enter Current Phone Model Here
    #5
    This will not be good for non-win people (like us).
  6. Droid
    leland_7's Avatar
    Member #
    179916
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Posts
    69
    Liked
    1 times
    Phone
    VX-8560
    #6
    Microsoft has a long record of buying great companies and running them into the ground. Not good for the end user at all.
  7. Droid
    sidsixseven's Avatar
    Member #
    175362
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Posts
    96
    Phone
    HTC Thunderbolt
    #7
    Quote Originally Posted by Beardface View Post
    Nope, doesn't seem good to me, either

    Would not be surprised to see Microsoft completely eliminate Skype for Android altogether to make their Windows Phone more attractive. Either that, or it will be a free app and service with Windows Phones but will be a paid app with a monthly subscription for anything else.
    I wouldn't be so doom and gloomy. Microsoft has a long history of investing in other platforms. Microsoft Office for Mac was the #1 selling software application for Apple through the 90s. It's about diversification and control.

    If you are going to offer a "communication" service, it only makes sense to want that service available on as many devices as possible. By doing that, you strengthen your overall position on your own devices. Or put another way, if your communication service is only available to 60% of the market, then you are going to lose customers to whatever service offers it to 100% of the market. Would you use a telephone that couldn't make calls to 40% of the people with phones? No.

    As I see it, this purchase is BECAUSE Skype is platform agnostic and BECAUSE the brand is already so well established on the consumer market. That's the only reason such a purchase makes sense.

    Sent from my ADR6400L using Tapatalk
  8. Senior Droid
    volando's Avatar
    Member #
    1196
    Join Date
    Nov 2009
    Posts
    229
    Phone
    DROID
    #8
    So what's the new default voip replacement for Android? Fring? Some new Google product? What are the guesses...
  9. Droid Sensei
    czerdrill's Avatar
    Member #
    22335
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Posts
    4,850
    Liked
    103 times
    Phone
    OG Droid UD 3.0 -- GB :)
    #9
    Quote Originally Posted by leland_7 View Post
    Microsoft has a long record of buying great companies and running them into the ground. Not good for the end user at all.
    Like what?
    Google Interview Q&A

    Apple CEO, Verizon COO
  10. Droid
    jimboman's Avatar
    Member #
    2510
    Join Date
    Nov 2009
    Location
    Austin, TX
    Posts
    41
    Phone
    Note 2
    #10
    Quote Originally Posted by Beardface View Post
    Nope, doesn't seem good to me, either

    Would not be surprised to see Microsoft completely eliminate Skype for Android altogether to make their Windows Phone more attractive. Either that, or it will be a free app and service with Windows Phones but will be a paid app with a monthly subscription for anything else.
    Advertising dollars alone will prevent that from ever happenning...
Page 1 of 3 123 LastLast

Links

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

Similar Threads

  1. Microsoft Buys Skype for 8.5 BILLION dollars.
    By OneTenderRebel in forum Off Topic Forum
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 05-29-2011, 01:14 PM
  2. Microsoft buys SKYPE
    By i can read in forum Droid Forums Member News Depot
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 05-10-2011, 07:36 AM
  3. Microsoft purchases Skype for $8.5 Billion in Cash
    By Beardface in forum Android General Discussions
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 05-10-2011, 06:31 AM
  4. Motorola Going up for Sale for 4.5 Billion in 2010
    By DroidSickness in forum Android General Discussions
    Replies: 15
    Last Post: 12-13-2009, 05:53 PM

Search tags for this page

lync android

,

skype on unactivated android

Click on a term to search our site for related topics.
Find us on Google+