Comcast will offer Skype to subscribers later this year. Comcast will bundle Skype with a high quality HD webcam, an adapter box that will plug into the subscribers HDTV and a Comcast cable box and a remote with a built-in QWERTY keyboard.
Comcast said that the Comcast Skype adapter will not have the ability to make or receive phone calls. The VoIP software will have limited feature, Skype to Skype calling and instant messaging and Comcast will bndle it’s own phone service for $20 per month.
Microsoft agrees to buy Skpye for $8.5 Billion in cash; this is the largest acquisition in MS 36 year history.
Skpye will become a new business within Microsoft and Skype’s current CEO Tony Bates will continue to run Skpye, he will report directly to Steve Ballmer MS CEO.
Steve Ballmer released the following statement, “Skype is a phenomenal service that is loved by millions of people around the world,” said Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer.
As a result of the deal Skype users will be connected to Lync, Outlook and Xbox Live and other MS services. MS products eventually support Xbox, Kinect, Windows Phone and other window devices.
Skype is finally available for iPhone 3G users; the only caught is that after August there will be a small fee for this service.
To make and receive calls on AT&T network update to Skype version 2.0.0.
Verizon Wireless will be the 1st wireless company to offer Skype, the service will begin in March.
Verizon users with data plans will be able to use Skype on their 3G smartphones to:
- make and receive unlimited Skype-to-Skype around the globe on America’s most reliable wireless network
- call international phone numbers at competitive Skype Out calling rates
- send and receive instant messages to other Skype users
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