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

Microsoft purchased Skype about two weeks ago and every pundit on the planet has weighed in with their verdict, now it's your turn: A good thing or a bad thing?

Before we get started, let me make a statement for the record: I have no strong opinion regarding the merits of Microsoft's purchase of Skype except as it makes for a good poll question.

Now, with that out of the way, consider the scope of the punditry this past week or so.

While I don't have a strong opinion about the merits or cost of the Microsoft acquisition, I do believe there is some strategic wisdom in the transaction. Microsoft is placing its bets on cloud computing and they need to have a presence in every aspect of that market, including VoIP. I don't know if this Skype deal will have any significant impact in that regard, but I am willing to give Microsoft the benefit of the doubt and patiently wait to see what happens.

But what do you think? Is the deal a bad idea? What do you see as the end result of the acquisition?

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 BreakingModern.com, aNewDomain.net, and TechRepublic.