We got a newest news: Microsoft has already done the deal, the purchase price is $8.5 billion. I think Microsoft will announce tomorrow morning (May 10, 2011).
We read lots of message about Microsoft is to buy out Skype today or tomorrow or soon, the price is about $7 billion or $8 billion.
A deal could be announced soon, maybe tomorrow ?
Actually, not only Microsoft is interested in Skype, but also Facebook. Don’t know why there is no news from Facebook this time.
“At a value close to $8 billion, the Skype deal would rank as the biggest acquisition in the 36-year history of Microsoft, a company that traditionally has shied away from large deals. In 2007, Microsoft paid approximately $6 billion to acquire online advertising firm aQuantive Inc. Many current and former Microsoft executives believe Microsoft significantly overpaid for that deal. But they are also relieved that Microsoft gave up on an unsolicited $48 billion offer for Yahoo Inc. nearly three years ago. Yahoo is valued at half that sum today.
From the Wall Street Journal