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Microsoft will place Skype at the centre of a whole suite of online-capable communication devices, CVG has learned.

A person familiar with the matter said Microsoft will be "consolidating all their communications technology" around the Skype platform. This means that Skype will become the default chat service on the next generation Xbox console as well as on PC and tablets, the person said.

 

He added: "You might jump to the conclusion that we'll see asynchronous voice and video messages in next-gen Xbox Live".

 

Microsoft's $8.5 billion acquisition of Skype in 2011 was marked as the software giant's largest ever acquisition in its forty year history. The corporation has since opened its own Skype division within Microsoft, headed up by Skype's former Chief executive Tony Bates.

In November, Microsoft announced it was preparing to close its instant message chat service MSN and replace it with Skype's messaging tool.

A recent job advertisement revealed Microsoft was seeking a user interface designer for the "next gen Xbox". 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," the job ad reads.

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Good...video Kinect sucks ass.

Been getting emails to "upgrade'. I hope they port photo sharing to Skype, it's the only reason why I use live. I never liked skype.

man-bear-pig said:
Good...video Kinect sucks ass.

I don't think it sucks, it just lacks features. For example, you can't even send pictures with the Kinect, like you could with the LIVE vision camera (or if you can, I sure haven't found a way). 



                                                                                     

Console are becoming less gaming. What a sad time we live in

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Wander_ said:
Console are becoming less gaming. What a sad time we live in


No they aren't. They are just becoming more other things. More other things doesn't need to mean less gaming. How does this, or multi media apects, diminish the gaming aspect in any way?



kowenicki said:
Wander_ said:
Console are becoming less gaming. What a sad time we live in


No they aren't. They are just becoming more other things. More other things doesn't need to mean less gaming. How does this, or multi media apects, diminish the gaming aspect in any way?



If it makes $$$$ for the console makers, then that is what they will do. 



kowenicki said:
Wander_ said:
Console are becoming less gaming. What a sad time we live in


No they aren't. They are just becoming more other things. More other things doesn't need to mean less gaming. How does this, or multi media apects, diminish the gaming aspect in any way?

I always thought Microsoft cared the least about the game industry.  They are more focused on getting an entertainment hub in every single living room.  Sure it is the goal of Sony and Nintendo also.  However, I believe Microsoft entered the console business with more of a multimedia hub focus than gaming.  If they were gaming focus then they would have more first party teams.



Wander_ said:
Console are becoming less gaming. What a sad time we live in


Not really.  They are just beoming an all in one media device which I like.



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sethnintendo said:
kowenicki said:
Wander_ said:
Console are becoming less gaming. What a sad time we live in


No they aren't. They are just becoming more other things. More other things doesn't need to mean less gaming. How does this, or multi media apects, diminish the gaming aspect in any way?

I always thought Microsoft cares the least about the game industry.  They are more focused on getting an entertainment hub in every single living room.  Sure it is the goal of Sony and Nintendo also.  However, I believe Microsoft entered the console business with more of a multimedia hub focus than gaming.  If they were gaming focus then they would have more first party teams.


They're workin' on it. They've started up/bought a few gaming studios in the past few months