You’ve got an Xbox 360. You’ve got a Kinect sensor. The chances you are also connected to the Internet are also pretty high. Does it come as a surprise, then, to hear that Microsoft is busy seeking out developers who can integrate Skype into their do-it-all living room console?
The same job board that recently revealed a bevy of positions related to building a web-based version of Skype also indicate that Microsoft is gearing up for a console remix. This particular posting is for Skype’s London office, where the successful applicant will put his or her XDK, XNA, C++, C#, and .Net programming skills to good use. Experience with Metro development is also considered a plus — not surprising, since the dashboard has already been given a Metro-style overhaul and many suspect that the next iteration of the Xbox (like Windows Phone might run the NT kernel.
Skype is already available on all kinds of devices, from desktops and laptops to smartphones, smart TVs, and connected Blu-ray players. The Xbox 360 definitely has the muscle to run a Skype app, but Microsoft hasn’t gotten specific about whether their development plans are aimed at the current-gen console or if they’re holding out for the next hardware iteration.
Skype has had living room domination in their sights for quite some time, however, and the Xbox 360 would give the service instant access to hundreds of millions of new and existing users. That kind of presence would go a long way to boosting their already-impressive revenues from subscriptions and pay-as-you-go calling users.
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