The benefits for Microsoft:
Buying Skype gives Microsoft a boost in the mobility market, something it really needs. Microsoft CEO, Ballmer sees the Internet and Mobility as vital to their future since the company’s profits currently come from Windows and Office software systems – but other technologies, like Apple and Google are gaining ground. Microsoft already has a corporate PBX, chat, online meeting strategy and video strategy (also referred to as Unified Communications) with its newly packaged Lync Server (or online hosting bundle) and now Skype can help Microsoft get a foothold in the mobile phone market. With Skype joining the Microsoft camp, it will allows companies (as well as consumers) the ability to make cheap, or free, calls over the internet from corporate and/or mobile phones.
The benefits for Skype are:
Skype was started in 2003 by 2 men who had developed a file-sharing technology. It became popular because it offered free, or cheap, phone service which was especially appealing for international calls. Although Skype has grown, with 170 million connected users and $860 million in revenue, the company had a loss of $7 million last year.