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Both Facebook and Google are considering separate bids to buy the video conferencing service, Skype.
Discussions are at very early stages and it is very difficult to speculate which offer Skype may prefer (if any), but according to reports from Reuters, Skype is at a crossroads. They have been delaying an eagerly anticipated IPO (Initial Public Offering), which signals that something is going to happen sooner or later.
This isn’t the first time that reports have surfaced over a partnership deal with Skype. Last year, the BBC reported that Skype and Facebook were planning an integration of their services. Such a move seems like a natural progression for both service providers.
Facebook, the most visited site of 2010 [See: Facebook Overhaul Google as the Most Popular Site of 2010], is a customer focussed platform and deal with Skype would certainly see some sort of live Facebook chat. For its users, such integration seems to make perfect sense and already seems conceivable.
Whilst this makes perfect sense for Facebook and its billions of users, it doesn’t necessarily make sense to Skype. According to Larry Dignan from ZDNet, this is because of their business strategy. Looking at Skype’s business strategy, they have been making B2B deals, with small, medium and large businesses. This is how Skype make money, through business usage.
A deal with Google could maintain this corporate business focus, considering Google’s network of small, medium and large sized businesses. As Skype service could be integrated to Google apps, and with their android mobile phones, consumers would also benefit.
As mentioned, discussions are at early stages, but we will be keeping a close eye on this story as developments are made.
The UK Search Awards is an exciting night for all; brimming with excitement, anticipation and pride, these awards showcase the very best in Digital Marketing. Our pride was overflowing as we watched our very own Sam Noble be honoured with the top prize of the night: UK Search Personality 2016.
The UK Search Awards are here and we’re pleased to announce that we’ve been shortlisted for three awards at this prestigious ceremony.
What an incredible year 2016 has been for us so far. We’ve celebrated turning 10 as a company, and in the last few months alone we’ve been nominated for a range of campaigns, won a bunch of awards and now we’ve been shortlisted for even more success.