Microsoft bought Skype for $8.5 billion, presumably beating out both Google and Facebook. But it turns out, Google didn't want Skype. Not at all, in fact. They even went so far as to sabotage themselves from a potential deal.
Skype is the latest mail-order bride to join Microsoft's stable up in Redmond, Washington. But unlike some of Microsoft's has-been acquisitions (Danger, I see you!), Skype is an internationally known name. How will they fit into the world of Microsoft?
Last week, it was Google and Facebook who were said to be purchasing Skype. Today, Microsoft has announced that actually? They're the ones snapping up the VoIP company. The confirmed price is $8.5 billion; considerably more than what eBay bought Skype for back in 2005.