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Microsoft granted approval for Skype takeover

The EU Competition Commission is expected to ratify Microsoft's takeover of Skype.

06 October 2011

Microsoft is expected to receive the necessary approval to complete its takeover of Skype.

According to the Financial Times, the $8.5 billion (£5.5 billion) agreement is set to be ratified by the EU competition commissioner Joaquin Almunia.

The US Federal Trade Commission has already given its endorsement of the project, which many have seen extensive negotiations skills used by both parties involved.

Microsoft wants to take over Skype as it thinks this will make all of its products more attractive to individuals, but it has said the programme will still be available using other software platforms, such as Google Android smartphone operating systems.

The paper stated that the company argued to the commission that "no consumers were locked in to using Skype and that providing open access would require a degree of standardisation that was not prevalent in consumer communications software".

Microsoft, which was founded in 1975 by Bill Gates and Paul Allen, recently released Office 365.

Posted by Ron Maverick

Source: the Financial Times, October 5th

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