Many great services whither and die following acquisition and when Microsoft acquired Skype I feared the worst. It turns out I was wrong. Microsoft announced yesterday that we all made 115bn minutes of calls over Skype last quarter, a whopping 50% up on the quarter before.
They also announced an integration with Outlook which sounds pretty cool and that revenues in the division which is largely comprised of Skype were up 20%.
It is great to see Microsoft's $8.5bn acquisition of Skype working out for a number of reasons:
- Skype is a great consumer service and it will most likely continue to get investment going forward
- It's good news for the employees of Skype, who are mostly based in Europe, and therefore for the local ecosystem
- Successful acquisitions beget more acquisitions