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Microsoft Is Buying Out Skype

Free Software

Published on 10 May 2011 04:33 AM EDT
Written by Michael Larabel in Free Software
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Microsoft is buying out Skype, it's been confirmed, at a price of over $8 billion USD.

The deal will be announced shortly. It's been confirmed by our friends at AllThingsD.

It will be interesting to see what happens to the Linux and Android versions of Skype under Microsoft's control. The Skype Linux client itself isn't too great at the moment compared to the Mac OS X and Windows clients, but if the quality suffers even more, it will be a loss to the many Skype users. Skype is also available for iOS and Mac OS X, but it's unlikely to see Microsoft canning those extremely popular ports.

More information later. At UDS Budapest right now in the middle of benchmarking and X.Org talks.

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Michael Larabel is the principal author of Phoronix.com and founded the web-site in 2004 with a focus on enriching the Linux hardware experience and being the largest web-site devoted to Linux hardware reviews, particularly for products relevant to Linux gamers and enthusiasts but also commonly reviewing servers/workstations and embedded Linux devices. Michael has written more than 10,000 articles covering the state of Linux hardware support, Linux performance, graphics hardware drivers, and other topics. Michael is also the lead developer of the Phoronix Test Suite, Phoromatic, and OpenBenchmarking.org automated testing software. He can be followed via and or contacted via .
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