Microsoft’s Skype Acquisition Gets Green Signal from EU

European Commission has finally given the green signal to Microsoft over its biggest ever acquisition of Internet audio and video communicating service Skype for $8.5 billion. The news came on Friday when European Union cleared Microsoft’s planned acquisition of Skype.

The news of Microsoft’s acquisition of Skype first surfaced back in May and since then the matter is not sorted out because of certain constraints. The acquisition was criticized by the rival companies complaining that it would allow Microsoft to use its PC software monopoly to rule the internet communications. The reverberation of the argument forced the European Commission to take action against Microsoft.

However, the Joaquin Alumnia, EU competition commissioner reportedly cleared Microsoft’s acquisition of Skype without any charges or restrictions. The commission overruled all the complaints regarding the Microsoft’s intentions to bundle the software with its Windows OS.

Microsoft took a sigh of relief on getting the clearance from the EU commission. Also, the commission didn’t feel the need of in-depth investigation of the issue allowing Microsoft to finalize the deal without any further holdup. The U.S. Federal Trade Commission already cleared the acquisition last month finding no sufficient clues suggesting that there is enough competition in the market. However, in countries like Russia, Ukraine, Serbia and Taiwan, the acquisition is still under consideration.

EU commission and Microsoft have never been in good relation for long. The rivalry started when a dispute arises between the two parties over the Microsoft’s bundling of Internet Explorer and Windows media player with its Windows OS (operating system). The Friday’s decision of commission in favor of Microsoft will definitely help the company to progress further with the acquisition of popular Internet audio and video communication service Skype.

Microsoft hopes that the addition of Skype in its inventory along with other several devices and software will help increase the company’s reputation among its 145 million active user base. The company also ensures the availability of future releases of Skype on all platforms including Android, iOS and OS X.

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