Tag Archives | strategy

ConnectingYourLife.MS-Skype.Outlook.300px

Microsoft Acquires Skype– Commentary on a Skype Infographic

Yesterday Phil Wolff at Skype Journal brought our attention to an “infographic” (link removed due no access to Skype Journal) from the financial due diligence-minded Credit Score Blog for Focus.com. It attempts to provide a history of Skype both from the technology and financial performance perspectives. But, in addition to Phil’s Quibbles, I have found some […]

Read full story · Comments { 0 }
MSSkype.logos2.200px

Microsoft Acquires Skype–Steve Ballmer Does Skype Europe

When an acquisition occurs, it’s always a good sign to see that the acquiring CEO is getting around to meet all the employees of the acquired company. When major announcements were being made at my last employer, our first priority was to make sure the employees understood what was being announced, the reasoning behind the […]

Read full story · Comments { 0 }
MSSkype.logos2_.200px_thumb.jpg

Microsoft Acquires Skype – An Investor’s Perspective

Following up on Tuesday’s announcement, where many questioned the valuation placed on Skype by Microsoft, Ben Horowitz of Andreeson Horowitz, one of Skype’s investors in the “Silver Lake round” a year ago November, provides some interesting insight into what Andreeson Horotwitz had seen when they made that initial investment 18 months ago. And these insights […]

Read full story · Comments { 1 }
ConnectingYourLife.MS-Skype.Outlook.300px.jpg

Microsoft Acquires Skype – A Most Interesting Marriage

With today’s announcement of Microsoft’s intention to acquire Skype, subject to regulatory approvals, Skype has received the endorsement required to be considered a long term, viable and stable service addressing both consumer and enterprise markets. From the press conference and press release: Skype will continue as a brand and an independent business unit within Microsoft. […]

Read full story · Comments { 1 }
proj-skype-4_thumb.jpg

Skype for Mac 5 – From Ecstasy to Agony

For Mac devotees worldwide there has developed a significant appreciation of Skype for Mac 2.8 with it’s drawers, separate chat conversations windows, contact management algorithms and other features that present a “Mac-like” user interface. It provided both ease-of-use and flexibility across the spectrum of new to advanced users. However, there have also been cries for […]

Read full story · Comments { 2 }
SkypeJournal.Banner.logo_.jpg

Tony Bates interview: Geek cred, Cisco lessons, and Skype’s core values

Cross-published guest post by Phil Wolff, Editor and Publisher, Skype Journal. Phil’s interview with Tony provides significant background about what Tony brings to Skype as both his technology expertise and business management experience, the four key values that are the foundation for his leadership focus during his first year as Skype CEO and where he […]

Read full story · Comments { 0 }
Skype_mobile_Video.Verizon.060111_thumb.jpg

Skype At CES 2011: It’s All About Video and Mobile

The opening day of CES 2011 was a banner day for Skype announcements and activity. It started with a morning press conference where new Skype CEO Tony Bates built his message around the themes of “Universal, Useful. Wonderful”: He covered recent Skype activity and accomplishments: From the recent Skype outage, they learned much about Skype’s […]

Read full story · Comments { 3 }
SkypeUserData.IPO_.Aug10_thumb.jpg

Skype IPO: The Real Communications Business Disruption Adventure Begins

When I interviewed Skype CEO Josh Silverman at CES 2010 in January, I had asked about the timing for a Skype IPO. Josh’s response: “We’ll see. We don’t have a timeline for it. Our focus is to build a really great company. When we’re ready and the markets are ready, we’ll consider an IPO. At […]

Read full story · Comments { 1 }
plugged_into_skype.150px_thumb.png

SkypeKit: “Naked” Skype Support Arrives for Hardware-Embedded Skype and PC Applications

This morning, at the CEA Line Show in New York, Skype is taking the first step in the evolution of its revamped developer platform with the beta release of SkypeKit, “empowering consumer electronic and desktop software innovators to embed Skype into their products”. In summary: Most importantly, SkypeKit allows developers to embed all the functionality […]

Read full story · Comments { 4 }
AndyA.Skype4FF.Menu_thumb.jpg

GIPS, Google and All That Co-opetition Jazz!

Ok so I’m the last to write about Google’s announcement this morning on its acquisition of Global IP Solutions, a major provider of IP-based communications infrastructure with not only its voice and video codecs but also voice and video engines that mean simply “supply me with an Internet connection, a microphone and a set of […]

Read full story · Comments { 1 }