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.
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