Today Microsoft announced that they have bought the electronic communication company, Skype.
The deal was signed last night, after being agreed on the 18th April – putting down those rumours that Facebook or Google were to buy Skype.
The end to Windows Live Messenger (often incorrectly referred to as ‘MSN’) seems likely, but has been confirmed only by the absence of any mention of it. Microsoft have yet to disclose how WLM will play into things.
It is also unconfirmed, at this point, whether there will be any exclusivity for Windows Phone 7 – it certainly wouldn’t be all out; they have promised to invest in platforms other than their own, but nothing stops them from allowing certain functionality to WP7 and desktop Windows only, as they now all out own the company – having paid with cold-hard cash, no back-room deals or mind-numbing stock market reconfigurations.