Media Alert: Microsoft and Skype Hold Press Conference on Microsoft’s Acquisition of Skype

REDMOND, Wash., and LUXEMBOURG — May 10, 2011 — Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer and Skype CEO Tony Bates will hold a press conference on May 10, 2011, to announce that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Microsoft Corp. will acquire Skype S.A., a leading Internet communications company, for $8.5 billion from the investor group led by Silver Lake.

Press Conference Information

  • Tuesday, May 10, 2011

  • 8:00 a.m. PDT, Four Seasons Hotel San Francisco

  • 757 Market Street

  • San Francisco, Calif.

  • 4:00 p.m. GMT, Microsoft Ltd. Customer Centre

  • Cardinal Place

  • 100 Victoria Street

  • London, UK SW1E 5JL

The press conference will stream live on the Microsoft News Center at 8:00 a.m. PDT.

Conference Call

  • Toll-free Dial-in: 888-942-9536

  • Toll Dial-in: 212-547-0187

  • Passcode: MICROSOFT

Additional content will post on the Microsoft News Center at the following times:

  • 9 a.m. PDT. Images of press conference posted

  • 9:45 a.m. PDT. B-roll of the press conference posted and distributed

A moderated Q&A will follow prepared remarks by Ballmer, Bates and Peter Klein, chief financial officer, Microsoft. No additional interviews will be granted.

Broadcast and Photography Information

Still cameras and broadcast crews will be permitted at the press conference with proper credentials. Audio mult box will be provided, so please bring appropriate cables.


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