Microsoft Gains Approval Over Skype Purchase

zackhaf - June 18, 2011 11:41AM in Networking, Software

The proposition from Microsoft to purchase Skype for $8.5 billion has been known for about a month so far. Although the plan was laid out for the acquisition, it took until today for the OK from the US Federal Trade Commission. If this absorption of Skype is completed, it could open many new opportunities for connecting devices and enabling new avenues of communication. The agreement mentions Xbox and Kinect support along with Windows Phone integration. Through this purchase, Skype would become a permanent part of the Microsoft organization and would have a good chance to be further integrated into future software and hardware. Admittedly, Skype may not be the most profitable company through the current model, losing $7 million in 2010, but perhaps Microsoft envisions a way to change this.