Microsoft The Real Skype Threat
The purchase of Skype by eBay has allowed it to keep its autonomy, but hasn't reduced the threat of the big Internet players to Skype's VoIP business.
Teleo. Dialpad. TotalTalk. Those are the VoIP services owned by Microsoft, Yahoo, and AOL. All of them could make Skype very uncomfortable if they can get some of their millions of users onto those services.
"I think the biggest threat to us is companies like Microsoft, Yahoo and Time Warner's AOL, because their customer base is so big," Skype's Chief Executive and co-founder Niklas Zennstroem told an Athens conference on Sunday.
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Ballmer told German publication Manager that previous reports about partnership talks with Time Warner's AOL unit were "an unconfirmed rumor", but that the software leviathan is indeed keen to expand its internet presence. Actually, he was rather more bellicose than that: "Within the next few years we will conquer the Internet," Ballmer told the magazine in an interview to appear in Thursday's edition.