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Last post Author Topic: Microsoft buying skype for US $8.5 Billion  (Read 13975 times)

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Re: Microsoft buying skype for US $8.5 Billion
« Reply #50 on: May 13, 2011, 06:10:39 PM »
Best laugh I've had all week from reading this back-and-forth!  ;D

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The two of you need to start your own DoCo member page. Call it something like [He|She]Said and just toss ideas and comments back & forth. :Thmbsup:

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Re: Microsoft buying skype for US $8.5 Billion
« Reply #51 on: May 13, 2011, 06:14:46 PM »
It would have to be NSFW

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Re: Microsoft buying skype for US $8.5 Billion
« Reply #52 on: May 14, 2011, 01:29:14 AM »
OK you two, get a room, willya!
... And Zaine, shut off that camera!

Seriously, from everything I read, there's no reason to drop Skype yet, because it has to go through regulators first, which will take about a year.
I would be more worried about what would happen to the company if, for some far-fetched reason, the deal doesn't go through.

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Re: Microsoft buying skype for US $8.5 Billion
« Reply #53 on: May 15, 2011, 05:24:10 PM »
I wonder though, why did they buy it for $8.5 billion when they could have just downloaded it for free?

(ba-dump *pish*)
 ;D ;D ;D
« Last Edit: May 15, 2011, 05:30:31 PM by Edvard »

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Re: Microsoft buying skype for US $8.5 Billion
« Reply #54 on: May 15, 2011, 05:56:21 PM »
Ha ha ! :Thmbsup: ;D


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Re: Microsoft buying skype for US $8.5 Billion
« Reply #55 on: May 18, 2011, 08:24:58 AM »
Bill Gates on a couple things, including the Skype deal, which he was in favor of:

http://news.bbc.co.u...hardtalk/9488919.stm

I'm not convinced. He didn't say much of anything. :(

I like the guy, but man... that was a lame talk. He wasn't inspiring any confidence.
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Re: Microsoft buying skype for US $8.5 Billion
« Reply #56 on: May 18, 2011, 12:54:23 PM »
Well of course he's in favor of something that's going to actually make him and his company more money, which is ultimately what they hope to do with Skype, but I'm sure he's on the hot seat with everybody else as to how they're going to actually make that happen without destroying the expensive toy they just bought.

Still no solid stance on what they're going to do with the Linux version (you KNOW they'll keep developing for Mac...).
Common sentiment is that many Linux folk are planning a mass exodus, but so far the destinations are scattershot (typical of such as often fragmented community... *sigh*), with all alternatives being on average poorer than Skype's offerings.
Solutions featuring the SIPw protocol are being talked about quite a bit, but from what I hear it's actually not the greatest for video transmission, so what next?

If I could wave a magic wand and influence the right people, I'd make sure Microsoft opens the API enough to allow third party applications to hook into the network, as long as you are a registered user, of course.
Then, third party developers who are already developing VoIP and Video Chat clients (Ekiga, Qutecom, Linphone, etc...) could support the Skype protocol and relieve MS of the burden of developing a client.
Naturally, MS would probably steer users to signing up for a Live account or some such for access to it, which some may balk at, but hey "Ya pay's yer money, an' ya takes yer cherce".

Or, alternately, support for connecting to SIP networks with Skype would be nice.

My 2 cents and a daydream or two...

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Re: Microsoft buying skype for US $8.5 Billion
« Reply #57 on: May 18, 2011, 07:28:40 PM »
Common sentiment is that many Linux folk are planning a mass exodus, but so far the destinations are scattershot (typical of such as often fragmented community... *sigh*), with all alternatives being on average poorer than Skype's offerings.


Sigh... And while they're at it, why don't they go crucify that "traitor"  de Icaza...


If I could wave a magic wand and influence the right people, I'd make sure Microsoft opens the API enough to allow third party applications to hook into the network, as long as you are a registered user, of course.
Then, third party developers who are already developing VoIP and Video Chat clients (Ekiga, Qutecom, Linphone, etc...) could support the Skype protocol and relieve MS of the burden of developing a client.
Naturally, MS would probably steer users to signing up for a Live account or some such for access to it, which some may balk at, but hey "Ya pay's yer money, an' ya takes yer cherce".


I can totally see that happening. Maybe not immediately, but down the road, sure. However, it would be "platformized", just like other MS platforms.
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Re: Microsoft buying skype for US $8.5 Billion
« Reply #58 on: May 24, 2011, 12:29:54 AM »
Here's the skype infographic (http://www.geekosyst...history-infographic/)

skype-infographic.pngMicrosoft buying skype for US $8.5 Billion

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Re: Microsoft buying skype for US $8.5 Billion
« Reply #59 on: May 24, 2011, 12:31:03 AM »
And here's the Microsoft acquisition diagram:
http://ripetungi.com...cosoft-companies.jpg

(too big!)

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Re: Microsoft buying skype for US $8.5 Billion
« Reply #60 on: May 24, 2011, 01:44:29 AM »
Nice chart finds, Zane!

The second one there... Jeez... They've got their fingers in everything!
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Re: Microsoft buying skype for US $8.5 Billion
« Reply #61 on: May 24, 2011, 04:19:44 AM »
Notice the infamous "Santa Cruz Operation" in the bottom right. That's the vampire called SCO. The rest read like a commercial and venture capital history of tech. Many are long gone now; others long forgotten.

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Re: Microsoft buying skype for US $8.5 Billion
« Reply #62 on: May 24, 2011, 07:17:52 AM »
And here's the Microsoft acquisition diagram:
http://ripetungi.com...cosoft-companies.jpg

(too big!)


As easy to understand as a London Tube Map!

http://www.afn.org/~alplatt/tubemap.gif

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Re: Microsoft buying skype for US $8.5 Billion
« Reply #63 on: May 24, 2011, 09:13:28 PM »
As easy to understand as a London Tube Map!

Holy smokes!

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Re: Microsoft buying skype for US $8.5 Billion
« Reply #64 on: May 24, 2011, 09:18:06 PM »
As easy to understand as a London Tube Map!

Holy smokes!

They look strikingly similar~! :)
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Re: Microsoft buying skype for US $8.5 Billion
« Reply #65 on: May 25, 2011, 07:09:34 AM »
From the website:
http://ripetungi.com...ons-and-investments/
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Infographic showing the acquisitions and investments of Microsoft, done as a tube map with each coloured line representing a different industry for each acquisition or investment.  Where the stations meet is where the two industries overlap.  The key at the bottom displays information about the location on the map of the station (company) the year of acquisition or investment.

 :Thmbsup:

I could also wish for a distinction between investments and acquisitions.
I saw Facebook on there and had to re-read.  :o
« Last Edit: May 25, 2011, 07:12:15 AM by Edvard »

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Re: Microsoft buying skype for US $8.5 Billion
« Reply #66 on: May 26, 2011, 01:49:44 PM »
may be they will get rid of that annoying plugin that turns all numbers on the pages into skype numbers!

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Re: Microsoft buying skype for US $8.5 Billion
« Reply #67 on: May 31, 2011, 12:38:32 AM »
Dunno if someone else has already posted this, but

http://www.zdnet.com...ithout-consent/13015

Please read the comments though, cause despite the headline I doubt it has anything to do with MS.
« Last Edit: May 31, 2011, 12:41:04 AM by Jibz »

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Re: Microsoft buying skype for US $8.5 Billion
« Reply #68 on: May 31, 2011, 12:50:51 AM »
Dunno if someone else has already posted this, but

http://www.zdnet.com...ithout-consent/13015

Please read the comments though, cause despite the headline I doubt it has anything to do with MS.

Interesting read.

While I don't think it has anything to do with MS, I think it will... Once things are full steam ahead and MS starts firing people for that... ;) ;D
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