Now, Microsoft has closed its acquisition of Skype, locking in an $8.5 billion payment that was led by investor group Silver Lake. Microsoft and Skype are focused on their goal of connecting all people and accelerating both companies’ efforts to transform real-time communications for consumers and enterprise customers. Skype will continue to offer its current products to millions of users globally. Employers are global including Estonia, the Czech Republic, Russia, Sweden, the United Kingdom, Luxembourg, Japan, Singapore, Hong Kong and the United States. Skype will also be integrated across an array of Microsoft products to broaden Skype’s reach and accelerate its growth as a fundamental way people communicate online.