You may have noticed some posts regarding Skype being for sale and possibly acquired by Google this past weekend. While a few people have speculated Google would be the only purchaser, Andy throws in Oracle and Cisco. I agree with Andy and would add IBM, Microsoft and SalesForce.com into this group as any of these companies would want to strengthen their subscriber bases and having Skype in their portfolios means a strong integration with a very popular software package which can be leveraged to provide a great unified communications solution.
Oracle and IBM especially would be able to leverage Skype in this fashion. Of course yes — Skype is a consumer play but I hear over and over how often Skype is used in the corporate environment. I haven’t seen a study on how many customers do use Skype at work but I think the company is very valuable and combined with a partner who can realize the true synergies, there is likely much hidden potential here.