New Skype for Xbox job listings spotted

Microsoft is slowly but surely expanding the platforms for its Skype Internet phone business. A few weeks ago, a beta version of Skype for Windows Phone was released. Now it looks like Microsoft is going to start developing a Skype client for its Xbox 360 game console.

The company has posted up two new job listings (via Enconnected.com) in its London offices for the Skype Xbox project. One of them is for a Software Development Engineer while the other is for a Engineering Manager. Both job posts state that this London software development team is new to both Microsoft and Skype.

The job listings don't go into any detail about what kinds of features the team will be putting into the Xbox Skype client. However, they do mention one thing that could help a potential employee get hired: "As Microsoft platforms move towards Metro style, Windows 8 metro development experience would also be a benefit."

That sounds like any Skype Xbox client would also have some Metro influences. Of course, the recent update of the Xbox dashboard already has an interface that attempts to copy the Metro style of Windows Phone and Windows 8.

While the Xbox 360 console can already do video calls with its Kinect add-on device, adding Skype's features to the mix is certainly a natural evolution of Microsoft's plans to make the console more of an entertainment and communications hub.

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blade1269 said,
Since ms ownes Skype does that mean that there will be not be a Cleint for the ps3?

I'd say that's a good bet... since there isn't much profit to be made from such a release.

i love using my kinect and the current live messenger to videochat with my relative's around the world.

i don't see the improvement of using skype to do this, since skype is just another means to have conversations with a IM program.

even tho the use of Live messenger is falling down and skype is gaining ground there currently isnt a improvement to use skype over the Kinect app

Chielbecker said,
i love using my kinect and the current live messenger to videochat with my relative's around the world.

i don't see the improvement of using skype to do this, since skype is just another means to have conversations with a IM program.

even tho the use of Live messenger is falling down and skype is gaining ground there currently isnt a improvement to use skype over the Kinect app

They will most likely integrate the two functions MSN/Skype that way you can talk to your skype contacts or WLM contacts. I'm looking forward to this.

Just because they posted a job for this does not mean they are just "starting" to develop this. It's possible this has been in development for some time and they are now adding more resources to the team.