Microsoft also stated that the company will continue to “invest in and support” Skype across “non-Microsoft platforms.” Incidentally Skype is also a big service on Sony’s PSP.
Cause they get money
Skype ain't profitable never has been, Jesus that's like business basics 101... http://www.samradford.com/p... Mind you it's not like I expected the N4G derp's to have any clue.
@fox And better audio-video quality as well.
Lemme guess you read the articles yesterday, and thats it :I
The power of Skype isn't in its profitability but in Microsoft at the same time obtaining more IP control on how people communicate online. They already have a massive lockdown on their XBL crosschat technology, now they're gaining some powerful IP over P2P communication. Google passed this option up because they felt P2P wasn't the future, but Microsoft thinks otherwise. I'll be interested to see how this plays out in the end.
@WinterSoldier Nope but if I provided a source from 2 years ago it wouldn't have any relevance of if Skype was currently profitable now would it?
cgoodno, Go read the Forbes article... Google wanted Skype as well, they just got outbid by Microsoft.
@cgoodno "a massive lockdown on their XBL crosschat technology" No they don't. lol Xfire and Steam offer the same service as cross game chat.
@B1663r: Google checked it out in 2009 and turned it down. Google's want for it now was purely speculation. "In recent months, Cisco, Google and Facebook have all been mentioned as potential acquirers for Skype. Reports that Microsoft was close to a deal to buy Skype, however, began to surface mid-day Monday." ***No they don't. lol Xfire and Steam offer the same service as cross game chat.*** For the type of chat implemented on a console, yes, they own patents specific to integrated chat utilized on XBL. If Sony were to implement they would have to either A) Provided dedicated servers and host all of the chats this way utilizing dynamic group options that is able to be integrated to game-specific services (first and third-party), as well as integrating the services with the current friend system. or B) Allow individual users to install on their individual PS3s and enable P2P chat sessions and the ability to for users to dynamically utilize them... but do this while not taking away memory reserved for games (not possible) as well as not adversely impacting bandwidth (Skype is a huge drain on it). Microsoft has the patent to what other console manufacturers wants to do, though. http://www.google.com/paten...
So why would Microsoft buy an un-profitable business outfit?
@Axel I remember Ballmer was quoted on that saying that Microsoft is very ambitious, so they have something planned I must assume.
Still can't believe they actually bought Skype. It's awesome. Instead of 8-man partychat, you'll have 25-man party chat now (or whatever the Skype limit is)!
don't forget you'll be able to partychat with pc/psp people now too!!!!!!!!!!!11
yea but expect a live price increase then
Thats pretty cool.
Looks like a single console world has already started?
its all about money to these companies only users on forums go all crazy about this so called console war
i think a one console world would be excell. take the games of ps3 online from xbox and the blue light from the wii and they'd be on to a winner
You dont buy a successful company only to kill what made them so successful in the first place. MS platforms will just see some 'improvements' or 'additions' to the service others wont.
This is goods news to me. Nothing else to say. really. +1
Not for me. I don't use Windows, I use Ubuntu. Skype for Ubuntu is already inferior to Windows', I don't know how it will get in the future...
I use Linux for work related reasons which do not include VOIP. I also have a macbook pro for all that crap and windows for gaming. That is why this does not impact me. If quality fell at all for Mac users, I'd just switch exclusively to Ichat/Facetime. Sorry for your troubles. That is if it does affect Linux users, which Microsoft is notorious for showing negativity towards.
Kool. I can now invite PSP users to my video chat party. How Kool is that?
Ice f****ing kool. In theory you would be able to invite PSP users, PC and mobile phone users, etc. Plus way more people on party chat.
I smell a trap...
Sony probably had a contract with Skype for their PSP anyway. The only difference is that all that money goes to Micro now.
I doubt Sony pays for Skype. Skype benefits from having more accessibility just as much as the platforms its on benefit from having it.
people are stupid, they act like just because MS and sony are rivals in the 360 vs ps3 they forget MS and sony are allies in the business world. Did everyone forget that sony vaio's run on windows -_- I mean thats like all the movies Sony makes being taken off of 360 version of netflix, obviously that would be dumb, so people need to wisen up and realize this world is more than ps3 vs 360
It is money in their pocket why not? They don`t hate each other they both just want to make money. That console war shit is just a show to get as much $$$ as possible.
Microsoft is going to kill skype it will never be great now
I have skype on my psp :)
MS only has an uphill battle if they plan to keep much less increase Skype's user base. No one expects them not to introduce advertising or incentives which will only be given to paying subscribers. A forced interconnection to other MS related services.
MS making money off of sony psp & sony laptops. hustling!
Well it works like this, Sony makes money off DVD drive sales as they own a component to the DVD drive. So every 360 sold get's Sony some money. Same thing with Drop in drop out co op games, Microsoft somehow owns the patent on that and so any game sold on a non Microsoft platform get's Microsoft money. This will probably work the same way, Sony will pay Microsoft a certain amount of money to keep Skype on their platforms.
nice to see m$ helping out
Like they wouldn't. You don't buy a company with a reported 600 million users then start cutting that number down. If anything you want to get more.
they better, they need to squeeze every cent out of that 8.5 billion $, never profitable purchase
I wonder if it will be possible to play xbox games while talking in a group over Skype. That would be pretty awesome.
I love that $ony users will now be funding Microsoft. Brilliant move!!!
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