Microsoft may be close to buying Skype
SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- Microsoft is close to a deal to buy the Internet phone service Skype. It would be the biggest deal in the software maker's 36-year history.
According to the Wall Street Journal, the deal could be worth $8.5 billion.
About 663 million users worldwide use Skype to make voice and video calls.
Buying Skype would give Microsoft more clout as it tries to become a bigger force in the smartphone market.
The journal says the deal could be announced on Tuesday.
microsoft, skype, technology
- Bicyclist killed in accident with garbage truck in SF 36 min ago
- Obama to address drones, Gitmo in security speech
- Thunderstorms slow Oklahoma tornado cleanup
- Man impaled, killed by pipe through windshield
- Man escapes early morning house fire in Pinole 24 min ago
- Work to begin to replace bolts on new Bay Bridge 23 min ago
- SamTrans bus hits low hanging wire in San Mateo 34 min ago
- San Jose firefighters control 1-alarm house fire
- 'Attractive & Fat' campaign slams Abercrombie & Fitch
- Results of Consumer Reports test of sunscreens
- Man makes firearm using 3-D printer
- abcnews: Top 10 highest-paid CEOs
- roundup: Missing pony; High-speed rail 39 min ago
- weather: Bay Area weather forecast for Thursday
Most Viewed StoriesMost Viewed VideoMost Viewed Photos