Microsoft's Skype Acquisition: 10 Burning Questions

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How Will Microsoft Keep Carriers Happy?

Skype has long had a tricky relationship with major telecom carriers, who see the placement of Skype VoIP services, especially on mobile devices, as a low-cost threat to the business that keeps them afloat. Microsoft will have a tricky line to walk now, especially since it partners with a number of carriers behind its Windows Phone platform and the devices that use it.

During a Tuesday press conference, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer simply said that Microsoft's partnerships with carriers for its Windows Phone platform will remain "fundamental."


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