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Bill Gates backed Skype purchase

Bill Gates backed Skype purchase

Gates is no longer CEO of Microsoft, but as Chairman is still involved in major decisions.

Microsoft founder and former CEO Bill Gates has confirmed that he was a driving force behind Microsoft's decision to purchase Skype for $8.5 billion.

Despite having left his position as CEO Microsoft to concentrate on philanthropy via the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation, Gates remains as Chairman, and is still involved in making high-level decisions at the boardroom level.

Speaking to the BBC, Gates stated that he 'was a strong proponent at the board level for the deal being done,', adding that the purchase, which many analysts feel cost Microsoft too much money, was a 'great, great deal for Skype. I think it's a great deal for Microsoft.'

Plenty of intrigue still surrounds the deal, with rumours that Google had been closing in on Skype before Microsoft came in to scoop up the IP-telephony service and its 600 million users.

Do you think that Bill has merely been wheeled out to calm jittery investors? Does he still have a place in the industry after leaving Microsoft? Let us know in the forums.

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mi1ez 18th May 2011, 12:40 Quote
Picture caption:
"Look I what I grabbed on the way out!"
Snips 18th May 2011, 13:30 Quote
Hail to the King Baby!
halcyondays 18th May 2011, 13:40 Quote
Apparently google is using their 'free' voice product to allow their servers to analysis voice traffic and learn how to 'speak' and 'listen' accurately to voice commands - wonder if M$ has the same desire....

Andy when they bought hotmail they migrated it from a Linux backend to an Exchange backend, wonder how long till they move Skype onto Lync servers....

If movies have taught us anything - it's that mega-corps are NOT a good idea....
B1GBUD 18th May 2011, 13:46 Quote
[Crysis]MAXIMUM RESPECT[/Crysis]
javaman 18th May 2011, 13:50 Quote
To be fair if you want a deal brokered would you really wheel out ballmer?
Chicken76 18th May 2011, 14:46 Quote
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Originally Posted by javaman
To be fair if you want a deal brokered would you really wheel out ballmer?

Hehe ... so true!
paulp 18th May 2011, 14:53 Quote
Many times in technology deals the main goal is not immediate profit, but to further develop the technology and customer base. Then you can profit in the future.
Bauul 18th May 2011, 17:01 Quote
Maybe Bill just did it for shits and giggles?
User-sam 18th May 2011, 17:08 Quote
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Originally Posted by Bauul
Maybe Bill just did it for shits and giggles?

Wish I could spend $8.5billion for the giggles :)
javaman 18th May 2011, 17:58 Quote
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Originally Posted by User-sam
Wish I could spend $8.5billion for the giggles :)

You can, its called credit card fraud
law99 19th May 2011, 00:25 Quote
What doesn't make sense of Ms owning Skype?
LordPyrinc 19th May 2011, 05:42 Quote
Thus Skynet begins???
MajestiX 21st May 2011, 18:56 Quote
only if they re write sky(pe) in .NET and it can learn the nuclear code and strike first.
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