On 7 October 2011, the Commission announced that it has decided to approve the acquisition of Skype by Microsoft. Following a Phase I investigation, the Commission declared that there were only partial horizontal overlaps between the parties. As to potential concerns with regards to possible conglomerate effects of the merger, the Commission concluded (i) in relation to the risk that Microsoft may tie its own products (the Windows operating system) with Skype, as the vast majority of consumers who acquire a computer with Skype pre-installed are already Skype users and will typically subsequently download a different version, the transaction would not change the current situation, and (ii) Microsoft would not have an incentive to degrade Skype's current interoperability.
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Commission approves acquisition of Skype by Microsoft
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