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Skype, the excellent Swedish/Danish service. Guys behind it are quite brilliant, they have sold it twice. That is really good way to make money. On the other hand, the service has so big need in the market that it is easy to sell, even twice. The story goes roughly like this:
- Niklas Zennström and Janus Friis sells Skype to eBay by 2.6B$
- eBay sells 70% of it to investor group by 2.75B$
- Investor group and eBay sells Skype to Microsoft by about 8.5B$
Owners (Investor group) gets:
- eBay 2,55B$
- Niklas Zennström and Janus Friis 1.10B$
- Silver Lake, Andreessen Horowitz and the Canadian Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) 4.76B$

And what the f... Microsoft is doing with Skype? There are different kind of speculations, like that are improving MS Office's position against Apple's iWorks and Google's Docs. Integrating Skype to Xbox could also a good idea. I don't have any figures, but by following a in-house teenager, Messenger is loosing its market share for one reason or an other.

And now the Devil's Advocate part. Mr. Ballmer has said that Skype continues to work all of the current platforms, like Mac and Linux. Tony Bates, CEO of Skype seconds him by saying that that was one term of the deal. For how long? Do they have to develop it? Do they have to fix the bugs?

I really hope that this is not a nail in coffin of one my favourite service.
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