With the recent news that Microsoft have retired their veteran instant messenger program Windows Live Messenger in favour of it’s latest acquirement Skype there have been new rumours going around the net that Microsoft might replace Xbox Live Chat with an Xbox version of Skype. The rumours aren’t without reason though, Microsoft have recently been advertising for a position ”focused on enabling amazing new in-game and in-console voice and video experiences for the next generation of Xbox”. Not only that according to Eurogamer; “A month earlier, a job advert for a “Software Development Engineer, Xbox – Skype” popped up. Blah blah “Skype is looking to hire a Software Development Engineer to contribute to the development of our experiences on Xbox”, the advert advertised.”
The initial report came from CVG where a person ‘familiar with the matter’ said that Microsoft will be “consolidating all their communications technology” around the Skype platform. It’s also come to light that the job offering mentioned above will be for the next generation Xbox console.
Were unsure what the future of voice and video calls on Xbox Live may involve, would the Skype client merge our contacts together? And if it’s being developed for the new Xbox console, what does that mean for those of us who still have the older model?
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