Microsoft Skype

Microsoft’s acquisition of Skype could be great news for freelancers, portfolio workers and sovereign professionals everywhere.

Of course there’s many a slip twixt cup and lip, and business acquisitions yield real value in a surprisingly small percentage of cases, but it strikes me that there is huge potential here.

On the consumer side, MSN Messenger – the world’s largest instant messaging platform – has long had audio and video call capability but doesn’t have the recognition.  Skype has the recognition but hasn’t made great head-way into enterprise.  Microsoft’s Office Communicator (now Lync) has fast-growing enterprise credibility.

It could all work out beautifully and make life both easier and more cost-effective for independent workers and all forms flexible working.

Here’s the vision…

How Microsoft sees Skype

Flexible workers and freelancers fit right in the middle.


About Andrew Munro

An independent business consultant, interim manager and writer, Andrew operates through his company, Burning Pine Ltd (
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