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Submission + - Microsoft-Skype Deal Poised to Win EU Approval (pcmag.com)

Pigskin-Referee writes: Microsoft's proposed $8.5 billion acquisition of Skype has earned the approval of the European Union, the Financial Times reported Thursday.

The European Commissioner for Competition, Joaquin Almunia, is expected to rule that the acquisition won't harm competition or turn Skype into a Microsoft-exclusive platform.

The decision ignores accusations that Microsoft is simply bundling services on Windows to drown out smaller competitors, as argued by Italian Skype rival Messagenet last week. Messagenet also urged the Commission to require Microsoft to unbundle Skype from its Windows Office Suite.

The FT reports that Microsoft "promised" the Commission it would keep Skype interoperable and supported on rival operating systems.

"We're committed to the Skype user base," said Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer back in May, addressing antitrust concerns at the time. "We want to continue to build and engage that base. Part of that commitment is continuing to support Skype on non-Microsoft platforms."

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Submission + - Microsoft Buys Video & Messaging Company, Skyp (reelseo.com)

Pigskin-Referee writes: Microsoft to Acquire Skype

Seemingly out of nowhere, Microsoft has acquired Skype for $8.5 Billion, according to the Wall Street Journal. There were rumors last night of the deal, and that was the first I’d heard of this possible deal. Now, half a day later, it’s official. The move is seen as an attempt by Microsoft to remain competitive with rivals Apple and Google, both of whom have major communications pieces integrated into their services–Facetime for Apple, and Google Voice for Google.

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