Tuesday, May 10, 2011

A big day in the tech world: Google I/O and Microsoft purchases Skype

Author: Riley Alexander, MD, MBA

Today has shown be one loaded with tech news. The biggest news of the day is easily Microsoft's $8.5 billion purchase of Skype. This will give Microsoft control of the world's largest web-based calling service. Microsoft beat out Google in the bidding and may have severely overpaid for Skype, but look for them to tightly integrate it into Windows Phone 7, the Xbox 360 and the upcoming Windows 8. And expect Microsoft to take Apple's Facetime head-on with Skype.
The other big event today was Google's I/O conference--essentially their version of Apple's WWDC. Google had a lot of things to announce today, but much of the focus was on Android, particularly the next iteration of the mobile OS...Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 3.1).
I will try and get another post out later to cover the I/O conference in a little more depth later.

About the author:

Dr. Riley Alexander is a pathology resident at Indiana University School of Medicine, blog "addict" and avid follower of technology. His primary interests revolve around how technology, especially mobile, will create increased efficiency, enhanced physician education and better delivery of care in the medical field. Dr. Alexander is a graduate of Indiana University School of Medicine with a combined MD/MBA, in partnership with IU's Kelley School of Business. Due to this, he is also very interested in management, healthcare policy and non-clinical aspects of the medical field and enjoys exploring non-clinical opportunities for medical students, residents and physicians. He completed his undergraduate education at IU-Bloomington.

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