Skype took its Windows Phone app out of beta this weekend, releasing a 1.0 version with updates including video calling in portrait mode and new features for adding and managing Skype friends. The official release comes two months after the company came out with the beta of the app.

Here’s the bigger question: When are we going to see Skype on Xbox Live?

Microsoft, which acquired Skype last year, hasn’t revealed those plans officially. But newly surfaced job postings make it clear that they’re working on it.  According to the job posts, the company is “building the next generations of our products and technology” in London and is looking for engineers to “contribute to the development of our experiences on Xbox.”

As noted by the Verge, the lack of reference to Xbox 360 could be notable, suggesting that the technology may be coming for the current console’s successor, but that’s just speculation.

While the Skype app on Windows Phone is important, and a way for Microsoft to bring its mobile platform up to par with its rivals, the Skype service for Xbox has much larger implications, bringing the service into the living room in a bigger way.

Although Microsoft already offers a video chat feature for Kinect, that service doesn’t have the critical mass that Skype does. The addition of Skype to the Xbox, whenever it happens, could be the first place where we see Microsoft’s $8.5 billion acquisition of the company start to pay off.

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Comments

  • Guest

    Apparently this version of Skype for Windows phone does not actually support phones with 256 ram. Since this is where Microsoft and Nokia are pushing the phone to reach greater market share this would seem to be a pretty significant problem.

  • Guest

    Congratulations to Microsoft on integrating this new acquisition! I can’t wait to see what Skype can do with Xbox 360 (or its successor) and its Kinect accessory.

  • Guest

    Since it’s basically useless on the platform, you really have to wonder why they bothered. Wouldn’t it have been better to further delay and release a fully-functional product that actually had more features than on rival platforms rather than less?

    It’s amazing how little attention or enforcement Ballmer pays to this continual damage to MS’s brand name.

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