Facebook, Google eye Skype: report

Summary:Facebook and Google are reportedly pondering whether to undertake either an acquisition of Skype or a joint venture.

Facebook and Google are reportedly pondering whether to undertake either an acquisition of Skype or a joint venture.

Reuters reported that Facebook and Google are pondering some sort of deal with the internet telephony firm, which has delayed an IPO. Talks are very early so it's unclear what will happen, if anything.

But let's zoom-out a bit. If you have been following Skype's corporate strategy of late, it's clear that the company is making a lot of nice business-to-business moves. Skype has a channel, key partnerships and entry to small businesses as well as large ones.

In fact, Skype's regulatory filings make it clear that business usage is how the company plans to make money. Now, let's fast forward to the two suitors at hand.

Facebook is clearly consumer-focused. It's unclear what Skype's business strategy would bring to the table. Facebook isn't going to be a corporate IT player any time soon. Skype would most likely be integrated into Facebook chat and coupled with mobile somehow. Facebook-Skype would be compelling, but not necessarily for potential corporate customers.

Enter Google. Google and Skype look very compelling on many fronts. And one of those big fronts would be the enterprise. Skype integration with Google Apps could be compelling. Skype built-in natively with Android would be interesting. And Google is likely to leverage Skype's business chops.

If Skype were to stick with its plan to target businesses, Google is the clear choice. If that enterprise play isn't panning out then perhaps Facebook — and its likely IPO — looks better.

Via ZDNet US

Topics: Google, Networking, Social Enterprise


Larry Dignan is Editor in Chief of ZDNet and SmartPlanet as well as Editorial Director of ZDNet's sister site TechRepublic. He was most recently Executive Editor of News and Blogs at ZDNet. Prior to that he was executive news editor at eWeek and news editor at Baseline. He also served as the East Coast news editor and finance editor at CN... Full Bio

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