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Cisco appealing Microsoft's purchase of Skype

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 15 Feb 2012 21:57 User comments (3)

Cisco appealing Microsoft's purchase of Skype Cisco has confirmed today it will appeal the European Commission's approval of Microsoft's purchase of Skype.
Last year, the software giant acquired Skype for $8.5 billion, in an effort to integrate the extremely popular VoIP into its Lync suite of applications and platforms. Skype offers users a way to chat via voice, text or video.

Cisco says Microsoft should "support standards for interoperability with other collaboration platforms," says IW. The company does not oppose the merger, says their counsel, but does want more strict conditions imposed on Microsoft.

Says Cisco: "Microsoft's plan to integrate Skype exclusively with its Lync Enterprise Communications Platform could lock-in businesses who want to reach Skype's 700 million account holders to a Microsoft-only platform."

More specifically, Microsoft and Skype do not use the H.264 video codec or the SIP (Session Initiation Protocol) standard.

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3 user comments

116.2.2012 9:59

I hope MS allows it so PS3 can add skype just like Sony did with the PSP

216.2.2012 12:43

Originally posted by xaznboitx:
I hope MS allows it so PS3 can add skype just like Sony did with the PSP
Shame on you for saying this! Your decision making privileges should be stripped!

This is a bad idea and Cisco is in the right. More interoperability is necessary and NOT support H.264 is just pointless and dumb. SIP.........eh..........don't really care much about it but H.264 is a great thing.

316.2.2012 17:18

oops I guess I mis read that

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