Patience is a virtue even when it comes to Microsoft and Skype

TechRepublic members are concerned about whether Microsoft's acquisition of Skype will prove successful, but they are also willing to be patient to find out one way or another.

On May 20, 2011, I asked readers of the Microsoft Windows Blog a straightforward question:

Is Microsoft's purchase of Skype a good thing or a bad thing?

Well, this past week the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) ruled that Microsoft's purchase of VoIP-provider Skype does not violate any federal commerce laws or antitrust regulations and, therefore, cleared the transaction.

As I mentioned in the original poll, I really do not have any strong feelings about Microsoft's acquisition -- I can see the strategic reasons Microsoft made the purchase, and I will be a curious observer watching to see if they can make the acquisition work.

Apparently, I am not alone in that attitude. The poll results reveal that most of the respondents are willing to be patient regarding the merits of the transaction, although there is substantial concern about whether, after all is said and done, this will turn out to be a good deal for either Microsoft or Skype.

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By Mark Kaelin

Mark W. Kaelin has been writing and editing stories about the IT industry, gadgets, finance, accounting, and tech-life for more than 25 years. Most recently, he has been a regular contributor to,, and TechRepublic.