Microsoft looking to make Skype default chat service - Report

CVG source claims the publisher has plans to consolidate "all their communications technology" around Skype; next-gen Xbox will reportedly see asynchronous voice and video messages.


A new report has surfaced, claiming to contain more details about Microsoft's proposed plans for the VoIP platform Skype, which the publisher acquired in 2011 for $8.5 billion.

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The CVG report cites an anonymous source "familiar with the matter", who reportedly told the publication that Microsoft is planing to consolidate its communications technology around Skype in the near future, including implementing it as the default chat service on the next-generation Xbox console, as well as on PCs and tablets.

"You might jump to the conclusion that we'll see asynchronous voice and video messages in next-gen Xbox Live," the source told CVG.

Skype's applications currently run both on home PCs and mobile devices, and use a peer-to-peer network for voice and video traffic. The company was founded in 2003.

GameSpot has reached out to Microsoft for comment and will continue to update this story.

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