Microsoft has officially completed its acquisition of VoIP provider Skype, which also marks the introduction of Skype as a new business division within the company.
The deal, which was first announced in May, closed on Thursday and cost Microsoft $8.5bn (£5.4bn) to secure. The European Commission gave the green light for the deal to go ahead on 7 October.
"Microsoft and Skype will remain focused on their shared goal of connecting all people across all devices and accelerating both companies’ efforts to transform real-time communications for consumers and enterprise customers," Microsoft said in a statement on Thursday.
Former Skype chief executive Tony Bates has taken the role of president of the new division. According to reports in June, Luxembourg-based Skype began shedding several of its senior executives ahead of the merger with Microsoft.