Skype closes down in Sweden

 
Skype closes down in Sweden
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The Internet-based calling service Skype became a real success story for the Swedish founders Niklas Zennström and Janus Friis. It was a few years ago that the Swedish-based service was bought by Microsoft for just over SEK 50 billion.

Now Skype's Stockholm office will be closed and 120 people have been given notice, reports Di Digital.

The 120 employees have received a termination notice, writes Di Digital, referring to an anonymous source.

Skype has confirmed to Di Digital that Microsoft has decided to start talks with the unions to close the office in Stockholm. The company also confirmed that staff risk being out of a job.

The Sweden Office had sales of SEK 265 million last year, but is said to no longer be part of the technology giant's plans.

Unclear what will happen to the services

Skype writes to Di Digital that the proposal is in line with the company's goal to reduce the offices and increase cooperation to enhance development.

"Microsoft will make every effort to help everyone affected by the decision, and where possible, offer them new opportunities," commented Skype.

It is unclear what will happen to the services, if they moved or not.

It is not only Skype that has put Sweden on the world's technology map.

Spotify, Klarna and King, are also technology companies that have made worldwide success.

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