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  • bengraham650 bengraham650 Feb 19, 2013 1:55 PM Flag

    Microsoft's Skype grows 100% 2Billion in annual sales

    Microsoft Skype Unit Approaching $2 Billion in Annual Sales

    By Dina Bass - Feb 19, 2013 10:31 AM PT.
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    Microsoft Corp.’s Skype unit, which includes Lync software for corporate instant messaging and Internet calling, is approaching $2 billion in annual sales.

    The division is getting close to the size of Microsoft’s SharePoint business, which focuses on tools that help employees collaborate, according to Giovanni Mezgec, a general manager in the Skype division. SharePoint will bring in more than $2 billion in revenue for the current fiscal year, Microsoft said in November.

    Microsoft, based in Redmond, Washington, has 5 million users for Lync, its Internet-calling product for companies. That’s up from 3 million 14 months ago, Mezgec said. Microsoft wants to sell more Lync software to corporations to catch up with Cisco Systems Inc. in the market for Internet telephony and communications, which Forrester Research Inc. predicts will be worth $14.5 billion in 2015.

    Microsoft, the world’s largest software maker, paid $8.5 billion to buy Skype in 2011 to add the most popular Web-calling service, targeted at consumers. Skype had about $800 million in sales when Microsoft acquired the company.

    Of the 100 largest companies, by Fortune magazine’s ranking, 90 are Lync customers, Mezgec said.

    By June, Lync users will be able to connect to Skype for telephony, instant messaging, and to see whether contacts are online, according to a blog post by Skype President Tony Bates, who is speaking today at a Lync conference in San Diego.

    Mobile versions of Lync for Microsoft’s Windows Phone and Apple Inc.’s iOS will be available early next month. An application for Google Inc.’s Android smartphones is planned for a month later, Bates said.

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    • If only all of MSFT's ventures were this profitable. Their growth would be vertical.

    • Another WINNER to add to M$FT's diverese business portfollio#$%$$$

      Sentiment: Strong Buy

    • A little reminder....

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      Microsoft has drastically overhauled the network running its Skype voice-over-IP service, replacing peer-to-peer client machines with thousands of Linux boxes that have been hardened against the most common types of hack attacks, a security researcher said.

      The change, which Immunity Security's Kostya Kortchinsky said occurred about two months ago, represents a major departure from the design that has powered Skype for the past decade. Since its introduction in 2003, the network has consisted of "supernodes" made up of regular users who had sufficient bandwidth, processing power, and other system requirements to qualify. These supernodes then transferred data with other supernodes in a peer-to-peer fashion. At any given time, there were typically a little more than 48,000 clients that operated this way.

      Kortchinsky's analysis, which has not yet been confirmed by Microsoft, shows that Skype is now being powered by a little more than 10,000 supernodes that are all hosted by the company. It's currently not possible for regular users to be promoted to supernode status. What's more, the boxes are running a version of Linux using grsecurity, a collection of patches and configurations designed to make servers more resistant to attacks. In addition to hardening them to hacks, the Microsoft-hosted boxes are able to accommodate significantly more users. Supernodes under the old system typically handled about 800 end users, Kortchinsky said, whereas the newer ones host about 4,100 users and have a theoretical limit of as many as 100,000 users.

      "It's pretty good for security reasons because then you don't rely on random people running random stuff on their machine," Kortchinsky told Ars. "You just have something that's centralized and secure."

      Kortchinsky discovered the Linux supernodes using a Skype probing technique he and colleague Fabrice Desclaux first demonstrated in 2006. (PDF versions of conference presentation slides are here and here.)

      Kortchinsky's discovery comes as Microsoft said it's investigating recent demonstrations of an exploit that exposes the local and remote IP addresses of users who are logged in to the service. The attack reportedly relies on the open-source SkypeKit package.
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      Sentiment: Strong Sell

    • Of course....skype runs on Linux.

      Sentiment: Strong Sell

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      • Foad d,i,k breath linix is shet.

        Sentiment: Strong Buy

      • Microsoft Skype Unit Approaching $2 Billion in Annual Sales

        By Dina Bass - Feb 19, 2013 10:31 AM PT.
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        Microsoft Corp.’s Skype unit, which includes Lync software for corporate instant messaging and Internet calling, is approaching $2 billion in annual sales.

        The division is getting close to the size of Microsoft’s SharePoint business, which focuses on tools that help employees collaborate, according to Giovanni Mezgec, a general manager in the Skype division. SharePoint will bring in more than $2 billion in revenue for the current fiscal year, Microsoft said in November.

        Microsoft, based in Redmond, Washington, has 5 million users for Lync, its Internet-calling product for companies. That’s up from 3 million 14 months ago, Mezgec said. Microsoft wants to sell more Lync software to corporations to catch up with Cisco Systems Inc. in the market for Internet telephony and communications, which Forrester Research Inc. predicts will be worth $14.5 billion in 2015.

        Microsoft, the world’s largest software maker, paid $8.5 billion to buy Skype in 2011 to add the most popular Web-calling service, targeted at consumers. Skype had about $800 million in sales when Microsoft acquired the company.

        Of the 100 largest companies, by Fortune magazine’s ranking, 90 are Lync customers, Mezgec said.

        By June, Lync users will be able to connect to Skype for telephony, instant messaging, and to see whether contacts are online, according to a blog post by Skype President Tony Bates, who is speaking today at a Lync conference in San Diego.

        Mobile versions of Lync for Microsoft’s Windows Phone and Apple Inc.’s iOS will be available early next month. An application for Google Inc.’s Android smartphones is planned for a month later, Bates said. Less

        Sentiment: Strong Buy

 
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