Thursday, December 19, 2013

EU Approves Skype Takeover by Microsoft

Last week, it was widely reported that the EU had finally approved the take over by Microsoft of Skype. Like all too many big company mergers or take overs, the actual deal is often done far after the initial announcements. I have to say when I read the announcement (http://www.courthousenews.com/2013/12/11/63651.htm) I had thought this was all done and dusted a long time ago. The original take over was announced in 2011 and was objected to by at least some of the usual suspects, including Cisco. The General Courts of the European Union rejected the argument that Microsoft’s dominant position would destroy their (Cisco and others) ability to compete for enterprise customers.

I have long felt that Skype could be Microsoft’s method of delivering Enterprise Voice in the cloud. As I saw it, Skype (rebranded to avoid confusion) could easily become the component of Lync Online that enabled users to make and receive PSTN calls via the cloud. That so far has not happened.

2014 is looking like being a very interesting year!

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