Earlier today it was announced that Microsoft has purchased Skype for the small sum of $8.5bn (£5.2bn). We are sure that many of our community either use Skype or at the very least have heard of it but for those who don’t have a clue what Skype is, then allow us to fill you in with a snippet from the fountain of knowledge that is Wikipedia:
Skype is a software application that allows users to make voice calls and chats over the Internet. Calls to other users within the Skype service are free, while calls to both traditional landline telephones and mobile phones can be made for a fee using a debit-based user account system. Skype has also become popular for its additional features which include instant messaging, file transfer, and video conferencing. Skype has 663 million registered users as of 2010.
Now imagine the possibilities that this acquisition could bring to your living room via the Xbox dashboard and in particular Kinect. Microsoft have acquired software that has over 650 million registered users, so you could say that it is established. Combine this with the video capabilities of Kinect and the millions of Xbox Live users and you realise how suddenly Microsoft have a very large chuck of the video conferencing market.
Windows 7 (or Windows 8 ) phones will almost definitely see some enhanced Skype integration and of course it now brings into question how Android and Apple products will use Skype.
Alright, so nothing is confirmed about Skype integration into Xbox Live! but can anyone think of a logical reason for it not happening?
Source: BBC News