On May 20, 2011, I asked readers of the Microsoft Windows Blog a straightforward question:
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.
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 BreakingModern.com, aNewDomain.net, and TechRepublic.