by Jason McCabe Calacanis with LAUNCH Analyst Kirin Kalia
Certainly Microsoft bought Skype for its tremendous 600M+ member strong VOIP and video conferencing business. However, the company is also freerolling (poker speak for a free chance at winning more) on a potential social network built off a beloved Internet brand.
We were actually Skyping with Steve Ballmer yesterday and he sent a mockup of my new Skype page, which features the folks I Skype with most up top.*
Skype’s purchase made Microsoft a leading horse in the hotly contested race to a billion members of any internet service. Facebook is currently at 600M. While Google doesn’t have forced memberships like Skype and Microsoft, it does have at least hundreds of millions of global users.