Microsoft’s $8.5 billion proposed acquisition of Skype is one step closer to being a done deal today, with regulators officially giving the Redmond based software giant the green light to proceed with its merger plans. The deal has been stuck in regulatory limbo since it was announced in May, however analysts almost universally agreed that it was unlikely to raise many red flags given how competitive the VOIP space is these days.
It’s still somewhat unclear at this point what Microsoft plans to do with Skype, but at least in the short term, Microsoft has openly stated that it plans to continue supporting competing platforms such as OSX and iPhone/Android. Additional tie-ins to Microsoft Office are expected, as is a Windows Phone version. Finding a way to make it profitable wouldn’t hurt either.