Will Skype be paid
Due to the recent acquisition by Microsoft of the most famous in the world, the most popular Skype web-telephony system, experts are now beginning to express some concerns that such services may well become paid, and users will have to pay for the most common communication.
This transaction has become the largest for Microsoft in the past three years. Recall, before that, in 2007, the acquisition of aQuantive, an online American advertising company, had already taken place. It is reported that Microsoft spent approximately $ 6.30 billion on this purchase. However, unlike aQuantive, the IP-telephony system cost the corporation an even greater amount – namely, $ 8.50 billion.
Skype, which is now known to have about 663 million users, had huge debts by the time of the transaction, the total amount of which exceeds $ 700 million. At the same time, analysts assure that this company’s loss-making was due, first and foremost, to a complete lack of payment for most of the services provided by Skype, i.e. in fact, for the usual accessibility to all of us in Skype, in fact, the owner of the system paid for it from his own pocket. Whether these services will remain free and beyond is not yet known to anyone. Now it is the main question of all users, which is asked, including, and experts. According to some assumptions, on the basis of the super-profitability of the assets of the corporation as a whole, only in the past quarter did the corporation’s income exceed the value of $ 5 billion.
As you know, changing the owner of Skype is not the first time. Thus, the company, whose headquarters is located in Luxembourg, and also has branches in London, Tallinn and Prague, was founded by Niklas Zennström, a Swede (Niklas Zennstrm), as well as Janus Friis, a Danish (Janus Friis), still in 2003 At the same time, Estonians Priit Kasesalu, as well as Ahti Heinla and Jaan Tallinn, were involved in the development of the necessary software for the application, who, among other things, also participated in the creation of the equally popular Kazaa file sharing service.
The new owner of Skype in the fall of 2005 was eBay (the amount of the transaction at that time was $ 2.60 billion, plus another $ 500 million that were later paid).
Back in the early spring of 2009, the online auction informed in an official manner about its intention to sell Skype on the stock exchange, approximately, at the beginning of 2010, since this asset was not combined with the main activity of this company. Already in November 2009, most of the shares were sold to eBay, while the total cost of Skype was then $ 2.750 billion.
Among other things, in August last year, Cisco expressed its willingness to purchase Skype, but already at a price of $ 5 billion, while in early May such companies as Facebook and Google showed interest in this web telephony system.
It is impossible to exclude also such an option that Skype service will be integrated into Windows Live services in the very near future, and, in addition, such most popular products from Microsoft as Kinect, as well as Office, Xbox 360, and others. Now experts are hoping and try to reassure users, arguing that, in all likelihood, Skype services will still remain free, extending their influence also to other platforms. Recall that, since January 2008, the current system supports the PSP, and by the fall of 2010, Sony announced its intention to add Skype to the PS3 support as well.