Early this year, Microsoft announced the acquisition of Skype for $8.1 billion. Since the announcement, the deal is being approved by various legal organizations around the world. In June, US antitrust regulators approved the deal and Microsoft is waiting for European Commission’s approval. We have not seen any announcements from Microsoft on any product integration with Skype so far but that didn’t stop Italian VoIP telephone trovider Messagenet SpA to file a complaint to EU regarding Skype/Microsoft.
In the letter sent to EC they claim,
“Anti-competitive bundling of Skype into the Microsoft Operating system should be prohibited in any case,”
“Skype and Microsoft should be obliged to make interopeable their IP-to-IP voice and videotelephony and presence services, by disclosing to competitors the interfaces required for their products to be able to ‘talk’ with the ubiquitous Skype software, including HD voice functions,”
EU antitrust spokesperson Amelia Torres said on this matter that, “As in any merger case, we are studying the observations received by third parties,” .
Hope Microsoft and Skype crosses the hurdle.