Microsoft has bought Skype for $8.5 billion, in an all cash deal. The deal closed a few hours ago.
Rumors are swirling about the acquisition of VoIP giant Skype, and reliable reports are now pointing to Microsoft as Skypeâ€™s possible new owner.
Four days ago, we heard that Facebook was reportedly offering between $3 and $4 billlion to acquire Skype or (perhaps more plausible for a startup with $2 billion in annual revenue) that Facebook might simply construct some sort of joint venture with Skype.
Now, the Wall Street Journal is reporting Microsoft is paying in the neighborhood of $7 billion to buy Skype. The Journalâ€˜s unnamed sources â€œclose to the matterâ€ indicated that talks were ongoing as of Monday evening but that an announcement could be made as soon as Tuesday.
Weâ€™ll continue to keep you updated on the possibility or proof of a Skype acquisition. This series of rumors could indicate a bidding war, in which case the outcome wonâ€™t be entirely certain until reps confirm or deny a deal â€” and none of the aforementioned companies are ready to talk just yet.
Author: / Posted: 10-05-2011