This confirms Microsoft objectives to the Telecom market, but for customers and partners face new uncertainties about UC future products: How will Skype be positioned with MS portfolio (will replace Live Messenger)? will be a home, SOHO or enterprise product? What about codecs and interoperability?
An excerpt of the press release:
“Skype will support Microsoft devices like Xbox and Kinect, Windows Phone and a wide array of Windows devices, and Microsoft will connect Skype users with Lync, Outlook, Xbox Live and other communities. Microsoft will continue to invest in and support Skype clients on non-Microsoft platforms.
Skype will become a new business division within Microsoft, and Skype CEO Tony Bates will assume the title of president of the Microsoft Skype Division, reporting directly to Ballmer. “
My first thought is that Microsoft is now closer to freely reach PSTN networks across the world…
Or could just be to prevent bigger competition from a possible Google takeover or any other?
If you have/create an account on TechRepublic you can read an interesting analysis.
Well, someone’s open the Pandora box, so let’s see who will react to the consequences 😉