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Video: Microsoft’s Ballmer Explains His Purchase Of Skype

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Microsoft (NSDQ: MSFT) CEO Steve Ballmer and (a very quiet) soon-to-be Microsoft Skype division president Tony Bates went on CNBC (NSDQ: CMCSA) this morning to defend the rationale of the $8.5 billion acquisition. The bottom line: Microsoft believes its many products — from Hotmail to Xbox — can all benefit from tie-ins to the VOIP service and its huge customer base, although, until the deal gets the okay of regulators, it’s not being much more specific than that.