Stuart Miles
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Microsoft buys internet phone service Skype for $8.5bn

Microsoft says it will take over internet telephone company Skype. It has confirmed it will buy the firm for just over $8.5bn (£5.2bn).

The company says Skype's technology and 170 million users will help Microsoft's push into video and mobile communication.

Stuart Miles from Pocket-lint.com, which is an independent consumer tech and gadgets site, gives his analysis to BBC News.

  • 10 May 2011