Microsoft Close to $7B Skype Buy

Microsoft is close to accepting that Live Messenger’s voice and video capabilities are sub-par in a bid to buy Skype for 7 billion dollars. Skype is a great buy, and I really like the service.

A deal represents Microsoft’s most aggressive move yet to play in the increasingly-converged worlds of communication, information and entertainment. Skype connects more than 663 million users around the world via Internet-based telephony and video, making it a key technology platform for a new generation of Web-savvy consumers. During 2010, those users made 207 billion minutes of voice and voice video calls over Skype.