Skype becoming the hub for all of Microsoft’s services and devices

Skype becoming the hub for all of Microsoft’s services and devices
While Skype has not quite yet reached the point of replacing cellular voice services on a Windows Phone, Microsoft is doing everything it can to get a return on the investment it made when it bought Skype in 2011.

Computer and Video Games has learned from a source at Microsoft that Skype will become the lynch pin of communications for all online connected devices. Microsoft is “consolidating all their communications technology” around Skype. The newest initiative toward that goal now involves Xbox. It is expected that Microsoft will be making changes to the Xbox user interface so that it incorporates Skype to replace Xbox Live voice and chat.

We knew this was coming, since Microsoft announced that it would be shuttering MSN chat. How will this affect Windows Phone users? In the immediate term, not very much, as Skype integration with Windows Phone 8 is going through some adjustments while Microsoft and Skype work to allow the application to play nice with Windows Phone’s “People Hub.”

However, we have seen full integration with Windows 8, and with Microsoft’s intent to provide a unified experience across platforms, that also means Xbox. That again also means integration with Windows Phone since Xbox gaming is now part of that mobile OS. No doubt that Microsoft still has a lot of work ahead to make this happen, but it is pretty clear what Microsoft intends to make happen. What do you think of Skype being everything, and everywhere?

sources: CVG via WPCentral

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8 Comments

1. droiddomination

Posts: 203; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

My balz hurt.

2. papss unregistered

My wife and I love skyping with one another. It's a valuable service

3. -SEUL8TR-

Posts: 113; Member since: Jan 13, 2013

Looks like a WP8 hater came and thumbed downed you lot....!

4. papss unregistered

It's cute that you android guys are so threatened by WP8... To me that alone makes it worth owning...it's alright, there room for everyone

5. -SEUL8TR-

Posts: 113; Member since: Jan 13, 2013

Threatened please, more like Trolling, dislikes, hate, and trashing, bashing......?

6. jsdechavez

Posts: 799; Member since: Jul 20, 2012

This move will definitely make it more organized.

7. SemperFiV12

Posts: 949; Member since: Nov 09, 2010

WINNING. Skype is a valuable asset - great service pre-Microsoft, great service post-Microsoft.

8. RiseAgainst94

Posts: 281; Member since: Mar 03, 2012

I'm a windows user with both my PC and Phone, but I can't stand Skype. Microsoft make some poor decisions with it, specifically the way they handled the WP8 app that does not allow the user to log out of their account or use the back facing camera (both of which are possible on WP 7/7.5). Along with the fact that both oovoo and Google+ are generally more stable, Skype goes along with iTunes for some of my more hated programs.

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