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Skype still down today

As noted by many users from the middle of the day, Skype has still been a failure, preventing it from connecting to the service.The company recognized early on Twitter that “a few of you may encounter problems connecting to Skype “.The company works diligently on the bug by Peter Parkes , Communications Manager on Skype social media.The problem was identified, and the situation is being resolved.

It is recommended that users let the software attempt to connect automatically. It will do when the problem will be solved.Testimonies from users on the micro-blogging site Twitter shows that many of them actually come back to connect.

If the company seems to be able to quickly correct this new episode of digital chaos, he falls very ill.Indeed, a giant failure had occurred last December to prevent the use of IP telephony software for 48 hours.And two weeks ago, the service was still down for several hours.

These problems in rehearsals, while Skype was sold to Microsoft last month to the tune of 8.5 billion, may worry the Redmond giant.
And the more stress is probably Tony Bates, CEO of Skype supposed to take the lead in the division of Microsoft that will be created specially for the software.


MS:Skype calls An End To Open Source Strategy

Bad news for users of the solution of open-source Asterisk telephony, from July 26 they will no longer use Asterisk to make and receive Skype calls. The world number one voice over IP, acquired May 10 by Microsoft for $ 8.5 billion, has just decided to stop its commercial partnership with Digium, the U.S. publisher of Asterisk.

Skype will be integrated into the new operating system Mango. Designed to offer an alternative on the smartphone market, “Mango” has new features that broaden the range of possibilities for users in communications, applications and Internet browsing. This version is simpler and more intuitive is available as a free update for all users of Windows Phone and will present on new phones in early autumn. Other ads of the day: an adaptation of Windows Phone in languages ​​unpublished Marketplace launched a new markets promoting widespread adoption of Windows applications and finally to New Phone manufacturers that enrich the current list of partners offering opportunities Phone significant development for Windows.

MS takes the Skype Call at $8.5 billion

Microsoft announced Tuesday its intention to acquire Skype, a company specializing in internet telephony services, for 8.5 billion dollars (5.9 billion euros).This acquisition is the largest in the history of global software giant, which is seeking new customers for its Windows and Office software. Skype, based in Luxembourg, is not profitable, but has 145 million users each month on average.The company, which planned last summer to go public to raise one billion dollars, since studied other possibilities.Two sources familiar with the situation told Reuters last week that Facebook and Google were planning their separate alliance with the group. An agreement would have valued Skype between 3 and 4 billion dollars, then found one source, considerably lower than that proposed by Microsoft to win the bet.This acquisition enables Microsoft to strengthen its presence in the lucrative market of video, popular with companies who see a way to reduce costs.
Skype access could thus be offered via the courier Outlook.
In the longer term, this transaction will enable Microsoft to expand its presence in the mobile market, while sales of personal computers run out of steam.Skype is doomed to become a new division of Microsoft, headed by its chief executive Tony Bates.But analysts are divided on the profitability of such an operation.”This is a strategic asset and a defensive operation,” said Colin Gillis, a financial analyst with BGC. “If they can put it on Windows 8, it will give them an advantage.”"It makes no sense in terms of financial investment. Skype does not generate enough revenue and profit (for the cost of acquisition) is compensated,” said Andrew Bartels on his side analyst Forrester.
Skype was founded in 2003 and acquired by eBay in 2005 for 3.1 billion dollars. The latter in 2009 sold a majority stake to a group of investors which include Silver Lake, Canada Pension Plan Investment Board and Andreessen Horowitz for about $ 1.9 billion.
Ebay has kept about one-third stake in Skype.

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