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access_time May 29, 2012 at 8:59 AM in News by Drew Robbins

Skype Pegged for Next-Gen Xbox in Microsoft Job Listing

As hard as it is to believe, there was a time before Skype ruled the roost as the number one source for all VoIP needs; in ye olden days, users would have to resort to backwater channels such as Ventrillo just to work up their online-conversational buzz. In more modern times, though, Skype is the king and was even purchased by Microsoft last year, a move that lead many to believe the software would end up working its way into the company’s line of gaming hardware. Thanks to a job listing pointed out by G4, it appears that we now know the ultimate destination of the program as it pertains to the Xbox.

The job listing by Microsoft indicates that the company is in need of a Lead Program Manager that can captain the integration of in-game and in-console voice chat into the next-generation Xbox. Obviously, this is a pretty solid indicator that Skype is on its way to the next-generation of consoles, but offers very little in the way of details. One has to wonder if it will integrate with the full Skype experience available through computers and smart phones or if it will merely serve to facilitate the basic social capabilities already present in the hardware. Either way, adding another household name to the application roster could go a long way in furthering the aims of Microsoft’s next-generation technology.


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