The deal paid off in May 2011 when Microsoft bought Skype for $8.5 billion.
Bill Gates: buying Skype was an idea he pushed on the Microsoft board.
EBay bought Skype last year for $2.6 billion and additional payments based on its performance.
Yeah, um, M$ has bought Skype so you need to slide them off of your little fanboy hate list.
And as we know, Microsoft bought Skype recently for $8.5 billion.
Microsoft will buy Skype for $8.5 billion in cash.
Ultimately, it's not the act of buying Skype that's so astonishing.
Last week there was noise of Facebook buying Skype.
Back in '06/'07 when eBay picked them up it made total sense to buy Skype.
It's unknown how far in advance the design team knew about the company's plans to buy Skype.