Skype Microsoft Marraige

Been reading a lot of comments over social networks on the impact of Microsoft buying Skype. Most are focussing on the Microsoft part of the deal. What is Microsoft upto? How does Skype fit into their strategy? Or is it a part of a defensive strategic goal to marginalize Facebook or Google from acquiring skype into their portfolios? Speculations galore-  what is the Skype tactic? Does it makes sense for Skype to be a part of Microsoft portfolio? Is Skype not thinking of this exit as a huge door closed to cross platform collaboration? Will Avaya Flare keep using Skype as a tool or will they be happy being used as a tool to only further Microsoft business interests? 600 million world wide users of skype- in the hands of microsoft. Is this the end of business users of skype?

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