2. Microsoft Makes Acquisition Call To Skype
In May, Microsoft stunned the industry when it disclosed a deal to acquire popular Voice-over-IP service provider Skype for $8.5 billion. The move bolsters Microsoft's IP communications strategy and gives it a new foothold in consumer markets where it has struggled.
Microsoft completed the acquisition, the biggest in the company's history, in mid-October. Now comes the work of integrating Skype with many of Microsoft's products including the Lync unified communications software, Windows Live Messenger and Windows Phone.