Microsoft acquires Skype

Microsoft and Skype confirmed today an agreement under which Microsoft will acquire Skype for $8.5 billion in cash from an investor group which includes the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board. led by Silver Lake.

Upon approval by the boards both companies, Skype will become a new division of Microsoft. Tony Bates, the current Skype CEO, will run the division and will report directly to Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer

Kinect sales top ten million

Microsoft announced this week that it has sold more than ten million Kinect for Xbox 360 units to retailers since its introduction last November.

Kinect for Xbox 360 is a peripheral device for the video game console that enables players to control one of seventeen Kinect ready games without having to use game controller. The add-on device sells for $150 or as part of several Xbox 360 bundles.

Kinect for Xbox 360 sales top a million units

Microsoft announced yesterday that it has sold 1 million Kinect for Xbox 360 units worldwide in 10 days and now expects to sell 5 million units by the end of the year. Kinect, launched in North America on November 4th, followed by Europe on Nov. 10, and will be released in Asia on the 18th and in Japan on the 20th.

Kinect for Xbox 360 is a peripheral device for the video game console that enables players to control one of seventeen Kinect ready games without having to use game controller.

Microsoft announces Kinect for Xbox 360

At the Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles (E3), Microsoft announced Kinect for Xbox 360, a controller-free gaming device that is expected to compete with Sony’s upcoming Move controllers.

Formerly know by the code name Project Natal, Microsoft touts the device as superior to the competitionb because Kinect enables users to control and interact with the Xbox 360 without the need to actually touch a game controller.