Microsoft Buys Skype

And they’ll probably incorporate the technology in their game services as well. Paying the price tag of $8.5 billion, Skype’s voice technology will officially be part of the Microsoft Empire. The VoIP program has over 170 million users worldwide, and is the primary talking program used for our panel of idiots podcasts.

The services in which it will be used are listed in Microsoft’s press release:

Skype will support Microsoft devices like Xbox and Kinect, Windows Phone and a wide array of Windows devices, and Microsoft will connect Skype users with Lync, Outlook, Xbox Live and other communities. Microsoft will continue to invest in and support Skype clients on non-Microsoft platforms.

No word yet on how licensing deals (such as Steam) will be affected.