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Skype for iPad on the Way

Skype for iPad on the WayA full-featured Skype app is heading to the Apple (news, site) iPad, despite its recent high-ticket purchase by Microsoft.

Enterprise 2.0 Roll-up: #e2conf Highlights, Empire Avenue & Skype + Facebook

For this week's roll-up we've got some of the hottest news from this year's Enterprise 2.0 conference in Boston, as well as some thoughts on your digital worth. That is, what buying and selling shares in social media entities, be they people, brands or blogs, might mean for the future. 

Google to Bake Skype Competitor Into Chrome

Skype (news, site) may want to watch its back. Shortly after releasing WebRTC, an open-source software project for audio and video chat, the great Google is beginning to build it into the Chrome browser. 

Skype Enhances Facebook Integration, Adds Chat Features

Skype and Facebook have been playing nice for some time now, but this week the VoIP provider announced deeper integration in version 5.5 Beta for Windows. 

Microsoft's Skype Buyout Approved as Layoffs Hit

MIcrosoft's Skype Buyout Approved as Layoffs HitMicrosoft (news, site) has been given regulatory approval to buy Skype, clearing the way for the $8.5 million deal.

Skype Down Again; Microsoft Having Buyer's Remorse?

skype_logo.png I'm the kind of person who always has a device close at hand. I check email and messaging before I brush my teeth. A few friends around the world were missing this morning, however, due to the outage of Microsoft's (newssite) recent acquisition Skype (news, site). I checked my favorite news breaking source -- you know, Twitter -- and it's true. Skype is having its second large network interruption in just a couple of weeks.

Enterprise 2.0 Roll-up: Skype Alternatives and Socializing Microsoft

Unhappy with Skype? Worried about what's going to happen now that it's been sold? This week we've got a list of alternative tools as well as some thoughts on the Jive/OffiSync deal that promises to socialize Microsoft environments. 

5 Great Skype Alternatives

Microsoft's whopping US$ 8.5 billion purchase of Skype is probably good news for a large pool of video chat users, but there's undoubtedly those who are worried about the possible implications of the acquisition. While there's no exact clone of Skype floating around out there, a number of tools would still make great alternatives for those that fall into the latter category:

Microsoft, Nokia Plan the Windows 7 Phone Future

windowsphone_logo_2010.jpgThe two players left holding the Windows Phone 7 (news, site) baby need some big ideas to make a sizeable dent in the market.

Microsoft Accelerates Dynamics CRM Release Cycle to Expand Functionality Quicker

Without saying why, Microsoft (news, site) has announced that it is accelerating its Dynamics CRM release cycle in a new Statement of Direction (SoD) that envisages releases on a biennial basis rather than on the current three-year cycle that it currently uses.

Enterprise 2.0 Roll-up: Skype Sold to Microsoft, Yammer Desktop 2.0 Released

Lots of big news in the enterprise world this week, including Microsoft's very, very pretty penny for Skype and the release of Yammer Desktop 2.0. 

Ballmer Defends Microsoft on its $8.5B Skype Deal

Microsoft (news, site) has been going around the media since the announcement of the Skype deal, defending and explaining the benefits of the purchase.

Microsoft/Skype Press Conference: Service Will Still Support Non-MS Hardware


Microsoft (news, site) has confirmed that it is buying Skype, making the product ubiquitous across MS's Windows universe, Xbox games consoles and phones. But what have the two companies got to say for themselves, as they speak in public for the first time?

Enterprise Collaboration: Microsoft Buys Skype for US$ 8.5 Bil

skype_logo.png The world of enterprise collaboration and the social enterprise is in for a turn, as Microsoft grabs VOIP and collaboration vendor Skype in a deal valued at US$ 8.5 bil. Last week, all the talk was of Google or Facebook buying Skype for something like US$ 4-5 billion, but Redmond has trumped them both with a monster offer.

A Week in Google: Voice Search on, a Bigger App Market than Apple & Winning Over Skype

This week we wondered who would benefit most from acquiring Skype, and whether or not size matters in the app department. 

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