Microsoft's Skype Acquisition: 10 Burning Questions


Where And How Will Microsoft Embed Skype?

As Ed Moltzen, CRN's Managing Editor, Test Center, pointed out in an analysis of the deal, Microsoft can now potentially embed Skype audio and video calling into as many Microsoft products as it sees fit, including Bing, Outlook and Web mail, and Office 365, Microsoft's well-reviewed suite of cloud-based office apps.

Windows LiveMeeting, Microsoft's conferencing platform, is another obvious choice. As several observers have noted, the potential integration there is enough to make Microsoft a more direct competitor to conferencing platforms from its UC rivals, particularly Cisco and its WebEx offering.