Microsoft in talks to buy Skype, report says


10 May 2011 Last updated at 05:59

Microsoft is in talks to buy internet phone service Skype, the Wall Street Journal has reported.

According to the paper, the deal could be worth as much as $8.5bn (£5.2bn), which would make it Microsoft’s largest acquisition.

Both Microsoft and Skype have declined to comment on the story.

Luxembourg-based Skype has 663 million global users. In August last year it announced plans for a share flotation, but this was subsequently put on hold.

Internet auction house eBay bought Skype for $2.6bn in 2006, before selling 70% of it in 2009 for $2bn.

Skype is now majority-owned by a group of investors, led by private equity firms Silver Lake and Andreessen Horowitz.

Sources: BBC News

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