Skype could soon become the property of Google or Facebook. Skype, which just delayed its initial public offering, could see two lucrative deals coming from Google and Facebook.
Skype’s IPO is expected to raise about $1 billion, but Reuters reports that Facebook is prepared to offer the company $3 to $4 billion to buy the company outright. Facebook could either buy the company outright, or possible set up a joint venture.
A Facebook/Skype deal would expand Facebook user base, but it would also give the social media company a brand new feature. It would also give users one more reason to keep their Facebook accounts open and active.
Trip Chowdhry, an analyst with Global Equities Research, said:
“This is very synergistic. It puts Facebook two steps ahead of Google because of the number of Skype users. In your social network, you will now have another very compelling service — Skype.”
A deal with Google and Skype could also come to fruition. But experts say that a Google/Skype deal would make less sense since Google already has Google Voice.