It was announced today that the European Commission has cleared Microsoft’s proposed $8.5 billion acquisition of Skype, giving the Redmond-based company the freedom to integrate the internet voice and video service into its growing product lines. Microsoft was previously given approval by the U.S. back in June 2011.
In the area of consumer communications, the investigation found that the parties’ activities mainly overlap for video communications, where Microsoft is active through its Windows Live Messenger, the EU commission said in a statement. However, the Commission considers that there are no competition concerns in this growing market where numerous players, including Google, are present.
The outcome of this Microsoft/Skype infusion? It sounds as though Microsoft wants to attract new customers to its Windows and Office software. Earlier this year, Microsoft suggested Skype could be integrated with a number of existing areas, from phones to desktop applications and even their XBOX Live service.