Rumored by Reuters last night, Microsoft this morning confirmed that they are buying Internet voice talk and video service Skype for $8.5 billion. They also confirmed that the service will "support" devices like the Xbox, Kinect and Windows Phone and that it will be connected to Xbox Live and other Microsoft communities. They will also continue to "support" non-Microsoft platforms, they assured. [Microsoft]
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As a paying skyper of 3+ years, I am very not happy about this. I don't have a single Microsoft product, nor interest in owning one, and I don't see how this event can benefit me I any way. Let me know as soon as a viable alternative emerges.