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Hey, Corporations Deserve Free Skype Too...

eBay looks to Skype for cash



    Hey, Corporations Deserve Free Skype Too...
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    Like a bear waking up from a long hibernation, some corporations are starting to embrace the Internet. Granted it's for cutting costs, but hey, it's a start. 

    At the same time, Skype is looking to make a dent in the corporate phone system business by not charging for Skype-to-Skype calling.  It will charge a small fee for calls to cell phones and landlines.

    Why is Skype set on getting into the business world? Because it's parent company, eBay, bought it in 2005 for about $2.6 billion and wants to earn some cash back, according to the Wall Street Journal.

    So Skype is knocking on the business world's door. For serious. It needs to rake in some cash.

    How serious is Skype (and eBay)? The company recently changed its logo, which had featured a guitar and rainbow, which apparently isn't all the rage with business-types.

    "Customers told us, 'How can we take you seriously when you look like an Abba album from 1976?'" said Stefan Oberg, the general manager of Skype for business. "A lot of the features that we have sold to consumers in a certain way need to be sold to business in another way."

    The product is in beta, and should be out later this year.  If you care you can read more here.