Yes, the rumor mill is actually right on target this time. Microsoft has confirmed that the company has purchased Skype for 8.5 billion dollars in cash.  Microsoft has made it clear that they intend to incorporate the service to its consumers. Xbox owner and Kinect, Windows Phone 7 users will all benefit from the merge.  The only concern that users have is that Skype will become only available to Microsoft platform users, but those concerns Microsoft assures are unnecessary and they will continue to have Skype on all devices. To read more click here.