Microsoft to buy Second Life developer?

Microsoft may have purchased Second Life developer Linden Lab, if a rumor brought about by a respected member of the Second Life community is to be believed.

According to a Twitter update from Tizzers, who apparently has connections with Los Angeles’ Woodbury University, Microsoft “silently offered” to buy the developer this week. The folks at Woodbury apparently know a few important people in the industry.

In a response to the rumor, Microsoft’s told Develop that they do not comment on rumor and speculation. Linden Labs also refused to confirm or deny the rumor, if this report is to be believed. According to sources at TechEye, though, Microsoft did make the bid.

Also interesting to note: Linden Lab shut down is to shut down its United Kingdom studio. Back in June, the company cut thirty percent of their workforce; CEO Mark Kingdon resigned his position only two weeks later. All of these events definitely seem to signal financial trouble, which would make it just the right time for a company like Microsoft to walk in and scoop them up.

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