According to “a person familiar with the matter,” Microsoft will be “consolidating all their communications” around the Skype platform, CVG reports. The result of this will be Skype being the default means of communication across the next generation of Microsoft platforms including the next Xbox console and on PC and tablets.
“You might jump to the conclusion that we’ll see asynchronous voice and video messages in next-gen Xbox Live,” the unnamed source added.
In 2011, Microsoft bought Skype for a staggering $8.5 billion making it the biggest and most expensive acquisition the corporation has seen since it was founded 40 years ago. Microsoft now has its own Skype division within the corporation headed by Tony Bates, Skype’s former Cheif executive.
Earlier in November, Microsoft announced the closing of MSN and its replacement with Skype’s messaging tool.
There have already been earlier hints of Microsoft integrating Skype into their platforms. A recent job advertisement explained that the company was “focused on enabling amazing new in-game and in-console voice and video experiences for the next generation of Xbox.” Not only that but Microsoft also released another job advert in London looking for a “Software Development Engineer, Xbox – Skype.”