Cisco making a move for Skype?

TechCrunch is reporting that…

Cisco has made an offer to acquire Skype before they complete their IPO process, says one of our more reliable sources. We have not been able to confirm this rumor one way or another via other sources, which isn’t surprising. A company in lock down during the IPO process is usually even more tight lipped than normal.

All of it is unconfirmed, so lump it into the rumors category for now. I’m sure Michael Arrington will have updates soon — this would be big breaking news.

Skype has WebEx-like video features, and is already used by many companies as a must-have communications tool. What would Skype bring to Cisco?

More consumer-oriented user base? Its HD audio technology? Is there anything else that Skype has that Cisco lacks?


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