[newsimage]http://static.rankone.nl/images_posts/2011/05/J0fzT.png[/newsimage]Microsoft has officially confirmed Reuter's rumors that it intends to purchase internet communications company, Skype for $8.5 billion from an investment group led by Silver Lake who originally purchased Skype from eBay in 2009 for slightly more than $2 billion. Microsoft has stated that the board of directors both for their own company and Skype have approved the agreement which is now awaiting regulatory approval. Read the full article here: [http://www.myce.com/news/microsoft-to-buy-skype-for-8-5-billion-integrate-with-kinect-44615/](http://www.myce.com/news/microsoft-to-buy-skype-for-8-5-billion-integrate-with-kinect-44615/) Please note that the reactions from the complete site will be synched below.
Skype integration with Kinect sounds way cool, I’m sure tons of people will be using it. Skype video calling on Windows Mobile phones is sure to be a popular feature as well, but I’m a bit afraid that they’ll now shun Skype video calling on Android due to this acquisition, which will be a real bummer.
Just don’t make me need to have Kinect on my 360 to use Skype. 'Cause I have no need for Kinect, but would love to be able to Skype using my wireless headset.
Kinect is actually very cool, and something you can’t really appreciate until you’ve actually used (Yeah, I know all the stuff I wrote before. I officially eat those words). Skype would make it even better.
And you know someone at Logitech is really pissed off about this. So much for their very nice, but exceedingly proprietary HDTV Skype camera. Kinect’s camera quality doesn’t match up, but this just gives Microsoft a good reason to launch Kinect 2.
Skype the good company is getting eaten by MS the evil… What can be good about that?
It wasn’t that long ago that I heard about Facebook possibly buying Skype. I’m glad to hear it’s not Facebook as they are taking over the web, making their presence on nearly every website online.
If Facebook bought Skype, it wouldn’t surprise me if they started showing up advertising based on the voice recognition from recent Skype calls or if you called voicemail that you would have to listen to a voice ad related to the recorded voice messages.
[QUOTE=ivid;2588011]Just don’t make me need to have Kinect on my 360 to use Skype. 'Cause I have no need for Kinect, but would love to be able to Skype using my wireless headset.[/QUOTE]
Just need to buy one of the new Skype compatable TVs from Sony and a Skype Camera/Mike. You could then make Skype Video Calls from your 32" - 60", 3D, LED TV.