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The world is getting smaller by the day, since the advent of satellites. People have moved away from the expensive mobile phones to more elegant voice over Internet solutions like Skype. The fact that, more than 200 billion minutes of calls using Skype last year alone should speak volumes about its awesomeness.

When Redmond acquired Skype out of the blue for $8.5 bn a couple of years back people started seeing the next tech bubble. However it made a lot of business sense, in the wake of Google and Facebook virtually rooting MS from the IM market, until they completely botched it up. They missed several opportunities to tie Skype with their platform. Even weirder, there wasn’t an official release for their flagship Windows Phone 7 till late summer last year while there was back to back releases on iOS and Android platforms.

When Windows 8 was due, an acute app crunch was looming over their heads and had to dust off something from their own labs. Enter Skype Metro.

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