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[News] Microsoft sees Skype linking all its products, CFO says

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Microsoft sees Skype linking all its products, CFO says

The comments come on the same day when Cisco raised concerns about how Microsoft will integrate Skype and Lync
By Juan Carlos Perez | February 15, 2012 06:54 PM ET

IDG News Service - Microsoft will aggressively and broadly integrate Skype across its product portfolio, the company's CFO said on Wednesday, the same day that rival Cisco Systems raised concerns about Microsoft's Skype integration plans.

Microsoft CFO Peter Klein, speaking at a conference, portrayed Skype -- the ultra-popular IM, presence, video chat and IP telephony service -- as a product that Microsoft will use to unify and extend both its consumer and enterprise portfolios.
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Microsoft CFO: Cross-platform services key to Microsoft's Windows 8 iPad-compete plans
By Mary Jo Foley | February 15, 2012, 2:38pm PST
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Summary: Microsoft's CFO said common consumer and business services running on Windows 8 and other devices will give Microsoft leverage against its tablet competitors.
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The “most fundamental service (category) across devices is communication,” Klein told Goldman conference attendees (and those of us watching via the Webcast). Skype extends mail, messaging, voice and video, he said.
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Is Skype a social network? Microsoft's dark horse has legs...

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Is Skype a social network? Microsoft's dark horse has legs...
By Tom Foremski | February 21, 2012, 11:51pm PST

Summary: Why isn’t Skype considered a social network? Take a look at its characteristics… It could turn out to be one of Microsoft’s savviest investments.

Should Microsoft’s Skype be counted as a social network? It certainly fulfills many of the same functions that Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc.

You can set a status ‘mood’ message, you can text message, use it as a group chat system, you can share files, photos, your computer screen. Plus, you can talk with people plus make video calls, and set up video conferences with several people. And do it all on very thin upload bandwidth. It’s a very impressive service.
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Here's How Microsoft Sees Skype Integration

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Here's How Microsoft Sees Skype Integration
By Rick Whiting, CRN |February 16, 2012 11:52 AM ET
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Skype includes the popular IP telephony service as well as video chat, instant messaging, online meetings and other communications services.

Klein, whose presentation was Webcast through Microsoft's investor relations Web site, said Microsoft and Skype engineers are working to integrate Skype across a broad range of Microsoft's products. That echoed comments the CFO made last month in the company's second-quarter earnings call, although at the time he declined to offer any details.

Yesterday Klein said the plan is for Microsoft Lync, the company's instant messaging system, to provide communications within an organization's firewall and for Skype to target external communications. Bridges being developed between the two products will allow Lync and Skype users to communicate with each other.

"The most fundamental experience across devices is communication," Klein said. "The value of communication is having the most number of endpoints and having the most complete set of experiences.

"Skype extends that across all of our assets, whether it’s with Lync in the enterprise, or with Xbox Live. It’s something that really ties together all of our devices," he said.

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