Skype, arguably the most popular and widely used video and voice service in the world, has just been acquired by Microsoft, one of the biggest technology companies in the world.
The acquisition pushed through with a staggering $8.5 billion dollar deal, which made Skype now a division of the Microsoft. However, Skype CEO Tony Bates remains as the president of the Skype division, the latter reporting only to Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer.
Although Skype will continue the services that it has been providing throughout the years, many experts believe that this acquisition will mean that Skype, in the future, will become integrated in many, if not in all of Microsoft's applications.
With this purchase, Microsoft's plan to tilt the IT industry towards a cloud and speech-based technology is now within reach. And this will mean that location sensors, microphones and accelerometers will eventually replace the need for mice, keyboards and displays.
In the long run, only time will be able to tell as to what this Skype-Microsoft combo will result to. However, it is undeniable that this combination is one that is set to hit the IT industry in a big way. But as to what this acquisition will mean to the world, we will all just have to wait.