Skype Fires Execs Ahead of Microsoft Deal

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    Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, left, and Skype CEO Tony Bates, right, shake hands during a news conference in San Francisco, Tuesday, May 10, 2011, to announce Microsoft's acquisition of Skype. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)

    Microsoft made the call and now Skype is cutting the chord.

    The VoIP service, with extensive offices in Palo Alto, has fired senior executives ahead of its sale to Microsoft. The move was reportedly being made to save the company millions.

    Skype fired Vice Presidents David Gurle, Christopher Dean, Russ Shaw and Don Albert and Chief Marketing Officer Doug Bewsher and head of human resources Anne Gillespie and executives Ramu Sunkara and Allyson Campa from Skype's acquisition of Qik.

    The firings means Skype will save money on the executives stock options had they stayed on board for the completion of the Microsoft sale.