Microsoft in talks over Skype buy
Microsoft is in talks to buy internet phone service Skype, the Wall Street Journal has reported.
According to the paper, the deal could be worth as much as $8.5bn (£5.2bn), which would make it Microsoft’s largest acquisition.
Both Microsoft and Skype have declined to comment on the story.
Internet auction house eBay bought Skype for $2.6bn in 2006, before selling 70% of it in 2009 for $2bn.
Skype is now majority owned by a group of investors, led by private equity firms Silver Lake and Andreessen Horowitz.