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REPORT: Skype To Replace Xbox LIVE Chat For Next-Gen

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Matt Gardner
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Microsoft, Next-gen, Skype, Video Chat, Voice chat, Xbox Live

REPORT: Skype To Replace Xbox LIVE Chat For Next-Gen

A new report suggests that Microsoft will be "consolidating all their communications technology" in the near future, meaning that Skype will take over from Xbox LIVE Chat and MSN Messenger to become the default communication service on the next-gen Xbox console, alongside PCs and tablets.

According to CVG, who spoke with a "person familiar with the matter", this means that we might well  "jump to the conclusion that we'll see asynchronous voice and video messages in next-gen Xbox Live".

Moreover, an MS job advertisement from last year looking for a user interface designer for the "next gen Xbox", hinted that the job location was said to be at Microsoft's UK-based Skype offices. "The team you'll join is responsible for Skype in the living room (broadly the home), across various devices but with a focus on the large screen and the next generation of Xbox," read the blurb.

Microsoft bought Skype for a rather hefty $8.5 billion back in 2011 - the largest acquisition in the company's forty-year history - and the comms service is now headed up by former Skype chief exec, Tony Bates, as a Skype division within Microsoft.

Add a comment2 comments
Tsung  Jan. 17, 2013 at 15:52

Lets see how long it takes microsoft to combine the activity you are currently doing to the sales call you are about to receive. (and of course cannot refuse).

"Hello sir, We see you browsing Dealspawn website, we would like to sell you £10 worth of game vouchers for £9.50.. Interested?"
or
"Hi, we see you're watching Starship troopers on Netflix, I'm ringing you today to offer you 6 months lovefilm access for one small fee"
etc, etc.

Breadster  Jan. 18, 2013 at 07:34

As long as it's actually properly integrated and not some BS "app", and I can still chat across games then I'm not bothered. It was pretty much guaranteed to happen.

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