Microsoft has just announced that it has bought popular voice over IP company Skype, for $8.5 billion.
Skype will now support Xbox, Kinect and Windows Phone, and will be integrated into Live to allow Skype users to chat. It will also connect Skype users with Lync, Outlook, Xbox Live and other communities.
Microsoft, says the press release, will “continue to invest in and support Skype clients on non-Microsoft platforms”.
“Skype is a phenomenal service that is loved by millions of people around the world,” said Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. “Together we will create the future of real-time communications so people can easily stay connected to family, friends, clients and colleagues anywhere in the world.”
Skype will become a new business division within Microsoft.
“Microsoft and Skype share the vision of bringing software innovation and products to our customers,” said Tony Bates, Skype CEO. “Together, we will be able to accelerate Skype’s plans to extend our global community and introduce new ways for everyone to communicate and collaborate,” Bates said.
Source: press release.