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Question of the Day July 30, 2005

Posted by dhar in Misc.

Should Google buy Skype? If yes, for how much?

This thought was triggered by this post from I, Cringely.

And yes, Uma,I am very much alive. No, the monsoons did not get me. Thanks for asking. 🙂



1. Sandeep - July 30, 2005

Glad u are ok. I could;nt get in touch with friends who, as it later turned out, had to spend a few days in the office.

2. Jake - July 31, 2005

aye, i agree. what i saw of mumbai on TV was ..er.. wet :-p.

but more sad for the people who lost their lives.

3. monkeypup - August 1, 2005

Well, I’m a big fan of google, so I’m all for it. If only it helps them grow and continue to piss microsoft off.

4. sachinnair - August 6, 2005

Google should ofcourse buy skype i.e. speaking from a purely google centric view. Skyould enable google to lock in people to using google services. Just getting them used to haveing google somewhere on the desktop is enough and not to mention the mindshare!

Only a matter of time before google catches up with microsoft on the web.

Thing is microsoft already has so much clout on the web by way of their innumerable services. So there is going to be some way before microsoft strikes back!

I’ll say its a very interesting fight between the two giants!

5. whalesurf - August 11, 2005

why should google buy skype?it just doesn’t fit in with google’s model. unless it plans to introduce ads on skype.

6. Dhar - August 11, 2005

Hmm, one interesting reason could be because sooner or later Google might want to get into Broadband access. They have recently invested in a broadband over powerline company…

Looks like a case of backward integration… Create apps that require bandwidth, acquire companies that provide broadband connectivity.


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