Skype on Xbox, MS buys Skype for $8.5 Billion.

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  1. jessestylex

    jessestylex DeadGirlsCantSayNo

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    Microsoft today confirmed that it has reached an agreement to buy Skype for $8.5 billion (£5.2 billion). Skype is the leading provider in the consumer VoIP space, with 170 million users worldwide. Services include free standard and video calls between Skype users on home computers, the ability to call any phone number from Skype for a fee, and the ability to generate a phone number that can be reached from a standard phone.

    Skype will now support the Xbox platform, including Kinect, though no time frame has been outlined as to when the new services will become available. Microsoft also said it would connect Skype users with its platforms and communities, such as Xbox Live. Notably, as part of Xbox Live's 2010 fall update, the publisher updated the service's voice chat audio codec.


    Microsoft also confirmed that it would continue to "invest in and support Skype clients on non-Microsoft platforms." That will likely be good news for Valve, which just recently integrated Skype functionality into its online platform, Steam.



    Skype Kinect Video Chat should benefit from this.
     
  2. Gunny

    Gunny Shoutbox Fuhrer

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    And now the free Skype will now be a fee Skype.

    Skype is not a program that's makes a profit.
     
  3. jessestylex

    jessestylex DeadGirlsCantSayNo

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    naw, it'll be free on XBL as long as you have a Gold Membership. MS has been trying to take over the living room for years and this is another part of it.
     
  4. Gunny

    Gunny Shoutbox Fuhrer

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    Free on Gold therefore not free?

    They could try releasing games you know.
     
  5. jessestylex

    jessestylex DeadGirlsCantSayNo

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    when you buy a new TV do you think you should have free cable also?
     
  6. Gunny

    Gunny Shoutbox Fuhrer

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    Didn't know Sony/LG/Samsung etc owned cable companies.

    Microsoft own Live, it's not a 3rd party company.
     
  7. Deuce Wayne

    Deuce Wayne #CoachKegstand

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    Speaking of cable... whatever happened to xbox tv? I was looking forward to that but it seems to've died.

    Microsoft is actually trying to make moves though. Gotta give them that... Sony has been silent for a looonnng time.
     
  8. Gunny

    Gunny Shoutbox Fuhrer

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    That's Microsoft as a whole, the gaming division just benefits. They're not exclusively sticking it to Xbox products though.
     
  9. SEC 330 BIPOLAR

    SEC 330 BIPOLAR jive turkey

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    free with paid membership. that's like almost free, except for the paying part.
     
  10. Deuce Wayne

    Deuce Wayne #CoachKegstand

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    Do you consider gotitans.com free?
     
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