Earlier this month Tom Online, the distributor and operator of Skype for China, announced that Microsoft who acquired Skype from eBay in 2011 would take over the Skype China on Nov. 24th (announcement in Chinese).

In 2004 Skype decided to establish a joint venture to introduce a Chinese version with Tom Online, a Hong Kong-based Internet service provider.The only custom version of Skype charges for international calls and features ads. The current revenues from Skype are unknown for Tom Online delisted from the NASDAQ and Hong Kong Exchange in 2007.

Tom claims there has been over 100 million accumulated users of this version. However, Skype isn’t one of the prominent Internet-based communication services in China.

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Tracey Xiang

Tracey Xiang is Beijing, China-based tech writer. Reach her at traceyxiang@gmail.com