Microsoft bought Skype, Is bringing it to the Xbox

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The big news from yesterday was obviously Microsoft’s surprise acquisition of Skype, the internet-based communications platform that allows users to chat – via voice, text or video – over the internet. Though I’d have found better things to do with $8.5 billion (Likely involving yacht and yes, Swedish hookers), it’s already increased their share-price – and they do plan on using it to improve the Xbox 360’s already robust communication options.

“Skype will support Microsoft devices like Xbox and Kinect, Windows Phone and a wide array of Windows devices, and Microsoft will connect Skype users with Lync, Outlook, Xbox Live and other communities,” said the company. “Microsoft will continue to invest in and support Skype clients on non-Microsoft platforms.”

I can’t honestly say I’d mind the inclusion of a fully functional Skype on my Xbox – provided we get it, of course – but I also can’t help feel that that vast sum of money could be put to better a next-generation Xbox that won’t burst in to flames in the first month. It’s a curious purchase, considering they own MSN and its ubiquitous Live Messenger service, one that has nearly double the number of registered users. Also, I downloaded Skype last week and it was free. $8.5 billion. pfft. Stupid Microsoft.

Source : Bloomberg

Last Updated: May 11, 2011

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I'm old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time - they were capable of being masterpieces. I'm here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

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