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Microsoft Joins The Race For Skype

Words have hit the streets that Microsoft is also likely to join the bidding war for acquiring the VoIP service provider Skype.

If these rumours are to be believed, Microsoft has joined the likes of Google and Facebook as the potential new owner of the widely popular voice and video chat service provider from Luxembourg.

Earlier, Om Malik of the website Gigaom (opens in new tab) also claimed with inputs taken from unnamed sources that Microsoft is also interested in "either partnering with, acquiring or investing" in Skype.

Apparently, Skype bosses are not willing to disclose any thing in this regard, at least not at the moment.

In the same report, Om Malik also claimed to have received a reply email from a Skype employee which stated, “Thanks for reaching out – as a matter of practice - Skype does not comment on rumour or speculation.”

However, according to Malik, a possible tie up between the Redmond, Washington based tech heavyweight and the VoIP leaders from Luxembourg could well boost up the performance of the former in “hotly contested enterprise collaboration market places, thanks to Skype’s voice, video and sharing capabilities”.

Interestingly, none of the companies being talked about, be it Microsoft, or be it Facebook or Google, were willing to reveal anything.

Ravi Mandalia
Ravi Mandalia

Ravi Mandalla was ITProPortal's Sub Editor (and a contributing writer) for two years from 2011. Based in Ahmedabad, India, Ravi is now the owner and founder of Parity Media Pvt. Ltd., a news and media company, which specializes in online publishing, technology news and analysis, reviews, web site traffic growth, web site UI. Ravi lists his specialist subjects as: Enterprise, IT, Technology, Gadgets, Business, High Net Worth Individuals, Online Publishing, Advertising, Marketing, Social Media, News, Reviews, Audio, Video, and Multi-Media. He has also previously worked as Dy. Manager - IT Security at (n)Code Solutions.