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Windows 8 and Skype: 660 Million Users Connected

Now that Microsoft has bought Skype, what will happen with Windows 8 and Skype…

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Will Skype be preloaded in all the versions of Windows 8, only some, or none at all? Since Microsoft is being completely silent on the matter, there is no way to know for certain what they will do.

Skype Stats

Skype has over 660 million worldwide users, about 170 million of which are active, and the numbers are growing by 40% every year with 600,000 new registrations daily. On average, there are 30 million concurrent users. Abut 40% of Skype traffic is video. The vast majority of users only use Skype’s free video and calling. In 2010, there were more than 207 billion calling minutes and $860 million in revenues, a 20% growth. It had $264 million in earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA), a 40% growth.

The Purchase of Skype

Located in Luxembourg City, Luxembourg, Sykpe was founded on August 1, 2003. It was bought by eBay in 2005 for $2.6 billion, but in 2007 eBay sold 70% of it. More recently, Skype was purchased by Microsoft for $8.5 billion dollars, or about £5.2 billion UK pounds. Many people suspect that Microsoft grossly overpaid for Skype, especially since Microsoft also acquired Skype’s $686 million in debt. Skype’s CEO, Tony Bates, will head up Microsoft’s new division and will report directly to Steve Ballmer.

What Microsoft Has Said About Skype

It is unclear exactly what role Skype will play as part of the huge corporation that is Microsoft. Microsoft promised that Skype would continue to support non-Microsoft devices. They also said that Skype will become integrated into a large number of Microsoft programs, including gaming consoles like Xbox Live and Kinect, email programs such as Outlook and Hotmail, and Windows Phone and Messenger. Microsoft is also planning to integrate Skype with their existing VOIP, known as Lync, but it is uncertain exactly how they plan to do it.

Separating Fact and Rumor

The clearest fact is that Microsoft bought Skype for a whopping $8.5 billion. Now that Skype is a part of Microsoft, it will be integrated into existing Microsoft programs, and that’s a fact as well. Those two facts have been the basis for all sorts of rumors, including whether Skype will be integrated into Windows 8. Some people think that Skype will come preinstalled with Windows 8, whereas others are of the opinion that it will be an optional install (same problem as Media-Player / Internet Explorer integration, see version N, E). In truth, no one from Microsoft has said anything about it so it is unknown exactly how Windows 8 and Skype will be combined.

Microsoft’s purchase of Skype has led experts to wonder whether the computer giant is planning on integrating Skype into the next version of Windows. For now, there is very little information on how Windows 8 will work, and no information as to whether it will be integrated with Skype.

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Published: Wednesday, June 1st, 2011 Last Modified: June 1, 2011

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