Bill Gates Said That He Urged Microsoft Board Members To Acquire Skype

Microsoft Corporation (NASDASQ:MSFT) co-founder Bill Gates said that he urged the board of directors to acquire the Skype VoIP service. Last week Microsoft acquired Skype for $8.5 billion. This was Microsoft’s largest acquisition ever.

“I was a strong proponent at the board level for the deal being done,” said Gates in an interview. “I think it’s a great, great deal for Skype. I think it’s a great deal for Microsoft.” Skype has 663 million users across the world, but struggled to make any profit. However Skype does receive a significant amount of revenue.

“It’ll be fascinating to see how the brilliant ideas out of Microsoft research, coming together with Skype, what they can make of that,” added Gates.


This article was written by Amit Chowdhry. You can follow me at @amitchowdhry or on Google+ at
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