Microsoft To Buy Skype For $8.5 Billion

By Darryl Kaye on May 10, 2011, 10:43AM EST

Microsoft has announced that they will be purchasing Skype, the internet telephone company from Scandinavia, for around $8.5 billion (£5.2 billion).

With regards to how this will affect the gaming community, Microsoft said "Skype will support Microsoft devices like Xbox and Kinect." They also went on to say that "Microsoft will connect Skype users with Lync, Outlook, Xbox Live and other communities."

Microsoft will be hosting a press conference about the deal shortly, and it's believe that they will answer many lingering questions at this time.

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