As we all suspected last night through internet rumours, Microsoft has pretty much closed the deal on buying up Skype for $8.5 Billion in cash. Now that Skype is owned by Microsoft, there are worries that support on non-Microsoft platforms like iOS, Mac OSX and Android could disappear, but Microsoft was quick to respond that there will be support for all platforms moving forward. Hopefully that also means Skype support on the 3DS and NGP later on. Hopefully they don’t kill Skype with bloatware and errors before someone can start up a new freeware VOIP service similar to Skype.
This is not the first time that this is happened where Microsoft has bought up a competing company or blatantly copied something for their own benefit. *cough*giveRarebacktoNintendo!*cough* I’m really hoping that they don’t pump it up withuseless garbage like they did with MSN Messenger. That’s the main reason I’ve pretty much given up on MSN and had been using Skype instead. All I hope for now is that Microsoft can keep their grubby mitts off of Twitter!