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February 15, 2012 at 11:15 AM

Cisco challenges Microsoft-Skype deal

Four months after Microsoft’s $8.5 billion acquisition of Skype was finalized — after getting the approval of regulatory bodies in several regions including the European Union — networking company Cisco is challenging that merger in the EU.

Cisco said today it’s doing so in the EU’s top court to ensure Microsoft won’t block other video conferencing services, according to The Associated Press.

The European Commission, the EU’s antitrust regulator, had cleared Microsoft’s takeover of the Internet phone company in October. The merger closed later that month.

“The European Commission conducted a thorough investigation of the acquisition, in which Cisco actively participated, and approved the deal in a 36-page decision without any conditions,” Microsoft said in a statement issued in response to the Cisco challenge. “We’re confident the Commission’s decision will stand up on appeal.”

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