Thought for the day – why did M$ buy Skype

That’s a lot of money to buy an Internet phone company isn’t it?
Well, yes really, until you think a little differently and know a bit about how Skype works.
Skype is actually a distributed computing platform, the data that makes up your telephone and video calls is not gateway through a massive datacenter somewhere (although they probably have one), no it is sent via other Skype users machines and Internet connections to it’s destination at the same time as yours is handling called for other people.
So why did Microsoft buy Skype? Because Skype is a botnet, one with hundreds of millions of machines which is now in the hands of Steve Ballmer

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