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A big part of business is who you're in bed with. MS should cancel the Skype deal, if at all possible. That would be one sign that they've turned a corner. I will never fork over a dime for any Skype service. This, while legal, is clearly unethical on a broad scale. And its the worst kind of unethical. Apple and MS play hardball with competitors -- but you don't do that with your employees.

it doesn't matter. there will be no hue and cry about the "retention" issues surrounding this merger, and most of the valuable Skype people will be gone from MSFT as soon as they can anyway. In >1 year, there will be little left of the Skype org chart but the lower part of the pyramid. All the valuable people that for whatever reason are still there at this late date in the company's history will go on to other opportunities.

What does this have to do with Microsoft?

If you lie down with dogs, you get up with fleas.

and if you rock'em sock'em you'll turn into a robot!

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