The company has been the ultimate under-the-radar survivor, changing hands, taking on debt, and preparing to go public, only to find a white knight in Microsoft.
By Dan Mitchell, contributor
FORTUNE -- Given the premium price Microsoft is paying for Skype, it's striking that the Internet phone company has spent so much of its short life being passed around like a cheap bottle of holiday wine. Also striking is the eye-popping level MOREMay 11, 2011 5:59 PM ET
The one company that wanted Skype: Microsoft. Can the service unite Microsoft's far flung empire and raise its tech profile?
FORTUNE -- You'll be hearing about video chat a lot more over the next few years thanks to Microsoft's headline-making $8.5 billion acquisition of the popular Internet telephony company Skype, which both companies confirmed in a joint announcement earlier today. It's the largest sum Microsoft (MSFT) has ever forked over for MOREJP Mangalindan, Writer - May 10, 2011 3:06 PM ET
By turning Google Voice into a true VoIP option, Google makes your phone company's expensive voice plans completely optional.
Today different websites are claiming that you can now connect to Google (GOOG) Voice through an industry standard set of Voice over IP (VoIP) standards called SIP. What this means in layman's terms is that you'll soon be able to connect to your Google Voice account in mostly the same way that you use your "phone" MORESeth Weintraub - Mar 8, 2011 11:34 AM ET
Peter Santos, the CEO of Audience Inc., says high-definition cellular service is about to take off.
Peter Santos comes across as a pretty mild-mannered executive, until he starts trying to come up with a metaphor for how crummy today's cellular phones sound relative to how good he knows they could sound. "What we have in voice today is a 13-inch black-and-white TV set. We have an opportunity to have a 60-inch MOREScott Woolley - Feb 22, 2011 2:00 PM ET
A curated selection of the day's most newsworthy tech stories from all over the Web.
Though Mark Zuckerberg has stated he's in no rush to take Facebook public, a 100-page deal memo from Goldman Sachs reveals the social network intends to pass that key 500-shareholder mark this year, putting it in a position to either go public or begin disclosing its financial results by early 2012. (CNNMoney)
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Use Skype on your iPhone's 3G network, or Google Voice? You wouldn't if the government hadn't stepped in.
By Chadwick Matlin, contributor
It took Skype two years to finally make its way to the iPhone. And when it did, it only allowed calls over a Wi-Fi connection—talking to friends over 3G was strictly prohibited. AT&T's (T) network, we were told, could barely handle regular phone calls, let alone ones that took place over the MOREJan 5, 2011 12:52 PM ET
Apple will have to add 3G calling to its video chat service if it wants to compete
If you have an iPhone, you'll want to get the free updated app Skype released Wednesday along with this YouTube video showing how it can be used to see your friends dancing in their underwear.
Skype now supports two-way video calling on the iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS and fourth-generation iPod touch, not just over Wi-Fi MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Dec 30, 2010 6:30 AM ET
The purveyor of Google Voice services over Gmail says free calling to the U.S. and Canada will remain free for the rest of 2011.
Google (GOOG) announced that Gmail users would be able to make calls within the web interface back in August. By most accounts, the service has been a successful one, though there have been some minor outages. Even if users don't opt to sign up for a free Google MORESeth Weintraub - Dec 20, 2010 1:53 PM ET
Every day, the Fortune staff spends hours poring over tech stories, posts, and reviews from all over the Web to keep tabs on the companies that matter. We've assembled the Thanksgiving weekend's most newsworthy bits below.
"ChromeOS machines could immediately replace 60% of the Windows desktops in the corporate market." -- Linus Upson, VP Engineering of Google Chrome (Fortune)Black Friday sales rose a meager 0.3% compared with last year. Despite thefts, MORE JP Mangalindan, Writer - Nov 29, 2010 5:47 AM ET
The company says its new video chatting device is just what people want. But a look at the competition -- and $600 price point -- doesn't seem to bode well for its chances.
There had better be an elite group of videochatters out there with cash to burn. Otherwise, Cisco Systems will be in trouble with its video-calling system, Umi. Cisco (CSCO) says it has done the market research to back MOREShelley DuBois, writer-reporter - Oct 8, 2010 12:13 PM ET
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