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Skype founder Zennstrom predicts success for Microsoft

Written by James Delahunty (Google+) @ 25 May 2011 19:11 User comments (6)

Skype founder Zennstrom predicts success for Microsoft Skype founder Niklas Zennstrom predicts that Microsoft will capitalize on its $8.5 billion acquisition of the service.
"Skype's full potential hasn't been realized yet," he said in an interview at the e-G8 forum underway in Paris. He suggests that Microsoft could push Skype into higher places if they expand it more into the mobile territory and if they make dramatic improvements to the quality of video calling on the Internet.

"I think that Microsoft has a huge opportunity to integrate it into a lot of their different services," Zennstrom said. "Of course they have so many different assets. If they do a good job integrating Skype, the company can grow even more."

Zennstrom will sell all of his shares in Skype once the Microsoft deal closes, and will no longer retain a management role at the company which he founded with Janus Friis in 2003. Skype has grown a lot since then, and touts 145 million users per month. eBay also owned Skype from 2005 until a consortium (of which Zennstrom was a part) bought it back in in 2009.

Microsoft can combine Skype services with many of its own existing products and services. One possibility is integrating it to the popular Outlook application so to provide video conferencing for business users. It will likely use Skype to boost its position in the mobile space however, after making several moves in the territory recently, such as partnering with Nokia.

"We still all travel a lot for meetings because you can't match the intimate experience of seeing someone in person, even with Skype video calling," he said. "There is a lot more work to do on the core technology to improve quality of video calls."

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6 user comments

125.5.2011 21:16

This deal will help Microsoft attract more Internet users, but narrow the gap between with Google remains to be seen.


226.5.2011 2:52

Skype won't exist once this deal is set in stone.

It'll be wiped in favour of the live platform, as live does everything Skype does and more but it doesn't have the user base that skype has.

I expect many people to go else where now that Skype is officially dead.

326.5.2011 5:54

Yeah im seriously thinking of cancelling my skype pro account, the only thing that stops me is googles lack of goolge voice outside the us..... come on google save us all... lol

426.5.2011 9:58

Originally posted by coco1873:
Skypee will dead soon, Mircosoft allways do that

A typical statement from a young, naive, newbie computer user with little information about the world of business.

Yeah........Microsoft fails on most of it's ventures..........NOT!


As for this article........to me it's like saying "the sun will shine again and the wind will blow".......Duhhh
This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 26 May 2011 @ 9:59

526.5.2011 15:10

Originally posted by hearme0:
Originally posted by coco1873:
Skypee will dead soon, Mircosoft allways do that

A typical statement from a young, naive, newbie computer user with little information about the world of business.

Yeah........Microsoft fails on most of it's ventures..........NOT!
They do fail and it's quite a lot really.

Xbox failed, first time around.

Games for windows, is trying to make the whole PC market into a Xbox 360 live clone, it's only it's 5th or 6th attempt now, and everyone complains about it btterly even the mags.

I've read reviews of games that use GFW service and the game couldn't be run because the GFW had failed and wouldn't let the game work at all, so the review for the game was zero and these have been AAA class games.

That project right now only has a 10 to 20 thousand people on it and if you were a share holder you'd class it as a fail due to the amount of money wasted trying to make a Steam type program just for the sake of trying to wipe out steam.

Zune was killed off completely a month or 2 ago, in favour of their phone.

Bing isn't doing so great either, it's only boosting market share because MS make it the default web search in IE8 and beyond.

MS is only large because of Windows OS and the Office package, if Office hadn't taken over from wordpress (can't remember the name) that wouldn't be large and the newest version hasn't sold all that well for MS, I think it lost market share.

Live has been trying to be the new facebook/skype program that ME would force everyone into using.

MS shares are only around $20 each today, in their hay day 20 years ago, they were over $80 each.

Now you have rumblings of the share holders wanting balmer gone and to get rid of all the little projects that Bill started up.

And I was around when windows 2, 3 and 3.1 had a failed.

626.5.2011 18:48

Originally posted by hearme0:
Originally posted by coco1873:
Skypee will dead soon, Mircosoft allways do that

A typical statement from a young, naive, newbie computer user with little information about the world of business.

Yeah........Microsoft fails on most of it's ventures..........NOT!


As for this article........to me it's like saying "the sun will shine again and the wind will blow".......Duhhh
Never heard of the Microsoft phrase "Embrace, Extend, Extinguish", have we?



^ PEBKAC ^

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