Microsoft's purchase of Skype for $8.5 billion back in October
was considered a risky move by some investors and analysts. Since that time, Microsoft has been trying to give its new Skype division, and its employees, more leeway than normal for a Microsoft-owned organization.
In a article today on The New York Times website
, it points out the Skype has offices around the world but little Skype development is done at Microsoft's home based in Redmond, Washington. Tony Bates, the head of the Skype division, said that when they got their new security badges from Microsoft, Bates insisted they have the Skype logo. He states, "We’ve kept our identity and our autonomy."