By Jeff Labrecque
Updated May 10, 2011 at 01:56 PM EDT
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Microsoft has agreed to purchase Skype for $8.5 billion in cash, according to the software giant. “Skype is a phenomenal service that is loved by millions of people around the world,” said Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. “Together we will create the future of real-time communications so people can easily stay connected to family, friends, clients and colleagues anywhere in the world.”

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