I heard it on the news yesterday and I read it today. Microsoft has bought Skype for USD 8.5 billion.
It seems that Steve Ballmer wants to improve Microsoft's image which is not that good. At least when it is related to internet.
Yet, I'm not sure if this will be good or bad for Microsoft and, of course, Skype. And, in a more personal note, I'm not sure if I like it. First, because I like some competition. Google Talk doesn't have the number of users that MSN and Skype, the leader, have.
Second, because one of the things that I liked about Skype was that they launched new features first.
On the positive side, Skype will still be cross-platform. How long? Who knows.