WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Microsoft has got the green light to the acquisition of Internet telephone service Skype, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) said on Friday on its Web site, the U.S. authority in charge of antitrust issues.
In May Microsoft announced its intention to acquire Skype for $8.5 billion, the largest acquisition in the history of the Redmond company and therefore a gamble financially in the areas of mobile and the Internet against competitors such as Google.
The validation of the operation was included in the list of approvals that the FTC publishes several times a week.
The advantage of this Microsoft platform, popular, but a deficit, said the search for new customer bases for the software giant’s Office suite and Windows operating system.
In late 2010, the Group had approximately nine million users of its paid services, each generating eight dollars per month.
Microsoft plans to integrate Skype with a wide range of products, including its phone and Windows email program Outlook.
Skype is used by an average of 145 million people each month and is very popular with small and medium enterprises.