Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Microsoft Buys Skype: Will it Impact Your eLearning Strategy?

The big news this week is Microsoft buying Skype for $8.5billion.  I suppose I could end this post right there an let that sink in.  There are many places to read all of the business and tech news about the deal. I liked the GigaOm post.  Just Google it if you want the story from many different angles.

However, I'm not sure anyone has thought about what this deal might mean for corporate eLearning strategies.  I don't have any answers but it sure does open the realm of possibilities quite a bit.

Since Microsoft has some ownership in Facebook this might open up FB as a more viable corporate solution.  Don't flame me just yet.  I'm just thinking out loud here.  Maybe smaller companies would find Facebook an acceptable communication tool with a Skype feature incorporated into the mega-network.  Or for larger companies that already have an Sharepoint and other Microsoft offerings, perhaps Skype becomes a better more private internal communications tool.  Basically having Skype behind your firewall is a pretty cool thought wouldn't you say?  But maybe that's not possible.

This could also be good for secure corporate mobile communications.  I'm sure Microsoft:Skype will be integrated into some sort of MS Mobile OS.  Could Universities take advantage of this?

How do you think Microsoft buying Skype will impact you?  Let me know in the comments.

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