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Microsoft (MSFT) has closed its $8.5B acquisition of Internet voice and video giant Skype. CTO...

Microsoft (MSFT) has closed its $8.5B acquisition of Internet voice and video giant Skype. CTO Cameron Evans goes over some of Microsoft's plans for the costly acquisition, such as integration with its Xbox, Windows Phone, and Lync platforms. Skype announced a major deal with Facebook in July.
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  • Very bad deal, at least compared to Google's $12.5B Motorola acquisition:

     

    - Motorola has 17000 patents plus 8000 pending;

     

    - Motorola has world-class cell phone manufacturing facilities;

     

    - Motorola has $3 billion in net cash, making this essentially a $9.5 billion acquisition;

     

    - Motorola is profitable.

     

    - Motorola's strength and weakness are very well known to Google people through their long cooperations.

     

    Now what does Skype offer? Let's see:

     

    - Skype has hundred millions of users;

     

    - Skype has a few interesting technologies;

     

    - Skype has very few patents;

     

    - Skype is losing money badly;

     

    - The deal costs $8 billion.
    14 Oct 2011, 08:05 AM Reply Like
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