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May 11, 2011

Why Microsoft’s deal adds to the Skype/ABC concern

Posted by : Michael Lund
Filed under : Consumer, Internet, Media, Online, Radio

So the software giant Microsoft has bought the on-line communications firm Skype.

That's according to a report I've just read on the ABC's website, "Microsoft buys Skype for $7.9b" (Wednesday 11 May 2011).

This only adds to my concern over the ABC's reporters and presenters telling me when they do an interview using Skype (See The ABC’s love affair with Skype).

Okay, so the deal has still to be approved by US regulators, but the ABC's report makes it very clear that Microsoft isn't just interested in the free side of the Skype service.

The report says "...Microsoft says Skype will become a new business division within Microsoft".

That line is taken directly from Microsoft's statement on the deal "Microsoft to Acquire Skype" (Tuesday 10 May 2011) which goes even further.

The acquisition will increase the accessibility of real-time video and voice communications, bringing benefits to both consumers and enterprise users and generating significant new business and revenue opportunities - Microsoft.

I have raised my concerns about some of the Skype mentions on ABC current affairs programs with the public service broadcaster.

My e-mail contact has been acknowledged and I await their response.

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