Facebook, Google eye Skype deal: Consumer vs. corporate tug of war

Facebook, Google eye Skype deal: Consumer vs. corporate tug of war

Summary: Facebook and Google are reportedly pondering either an acquisition of Skype or a joint venture and strategically the two buyers couldn't be more different.

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Facebook and Google are reportedly pondering either an acquisition of Skype or a joint venture and strategically the two buyers couldn't be more different.

Reuters reports that Facebook and Google are pondering some sort of deal with Skype, which 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 the company is making a lot of nice business-to-business moves. Skype has a channel, key partnerships and an 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 to 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.

In any case, Skype appears to be at a crossroads.

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  • The bigger point is that Skype doesnt need either of them.

    Selling out to either is pointless. Skype already has all it needs to command anything either has to offer...
    Johnny Vegas
    • RE: Facebook, Google eye Skype deal: Consumer vs. corporate tug of war

      @Johnny Vegas Very true. Skype can stay an independent entity and not have any issues at all. They could partner with both and sell to neither ;)
      Jimster480
  • RE: Facebook, Google eye Skype deal: Consumer vs. corporate tug of war

    Googles efforts to make a successful Video Conference part of there arsenal is nothing new (and has Failed miserably in the past), to buyout an already successful company may work for them this type of strategy has worked for them in the past (ex..Youtube.com). As for Facebook they have been working on getting a more extensive if they can show that skype will be well integrated with facebook.com(Live video status updates etc) then I thikn we may see them eather work alongside Skype or buy them out. Ether way Skype has been the King when it comes to Video Chat and if anyone want's to take that place I think the only way would be to buy Skype.
    nickitnite
  • Skypes wants a buyer

    Presumably this means Skype wants a buyer (eBay wants out). Spreading stories around just talks up the price.<br><br>If it has value its in the users who still use it, the actual technology has long been surpassed and it's really not a tight focussed app now it once was.

    Did this deal go through?
    http://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/01/technology/companies/01ebay.html?_r=2
    guihombre
    • RE: Facebook, Google eye Skype deal: Consumer vs. corporate tug of war

      @guihombre "the actual technology has long been surpassed" --- really? and what company is offering this more advanced technology?
      pupkin_z
    • RE: Facebook, Google eye Skype deal: Consumer vs. corporate tug of war

      @guihombre directly from the site on the About page:
      "Skype is owned by an investor group led by Silver Lake and which includes eBay Inc, Joltid Limited and Skype founders Niklas Zennstr?m and Janus Friis, the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board and Andreessen Horowitz. Skype had an average of 124 million connected users per month in the second quarter of 2010. Skype users made 95 billion minutes of voice and video calls in the first half of 2010, approximately 40% of which was video."
      brentroger
  • RE: Facebook, Google eye Skype deal: Consumer vs. corporate tug of war

    Damnit Skype stay away from FB! I love using Skype but if they sellout to FB, I may not be using it anymore, mainly because I refuse to create a FB.
    Bates_
    • RE: Facebook, Google eye Skype deal: Consumer vs. corporate tug of war

      @Bates_ Can I have an AMEN to that!!!!
      bvonr@...
      • RE: Facebook, Google eye Skype deal: Consumer vs. corporate tug of war

        @bvonr@... Yes you can... AMEN... :)
        harikrismg
    • I don't want Goolge getting it either!

      @Bates_
      Then they'll have your picture to put in their data file along with the other stuff they collect on people.
      Bill Pharaoh
  • What about privacy?

    Facebook and Skype... now more people than ever can know (by default), whom you're talking to. The Facebook brand is antonymous with privacy to a notorious degree.

    Google and Skype... meh... there are synergies, yes, but the privacy question remains.
    voltrarian
  • Both Buy

    Google and Facebook should jointly purchase and license the technology, maybe throw in MSFT and Apple, which would also fend off Regulators.
    jznoy-dallas
  • RE: Facebook, Google eye Skype deal: Consumer vs. corporate tug of war

    @Facebook google expecting a lot of bits to recommend a purchase in technology through MSFT and Apple basis... http://grouponclone.contussupport.com
    alexsam
  • RE: Facebook, Google eye Skype deal: Consumer vs. corporate tug of war

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