A CVG report on Jan. 16, 2013, claims that Microsoft is looking to integrate Skype as their sole communications line. As Laura Parker puts it in her article for Gamespot, “the publisher has plans to consolidate ‘all their communications technology’ around Skype; next-gen Xbox will reportedly see asynchronous voice and video messages.”
Microsoft acquired Skype in 2011 for a reported $8.5 billion.
The report cites an anonymous source who is “familiar with the matter”, who claims that Microsoft will attempt to “consolidate its communications technology around Skype in the near future, including implementing it as the default chat service on the next-generation Xbox console, as well as on PCs and tablets.”
“You might jump to the conclusion that we'll see asynchronous voice and video messages in next-gen Xbox Live,” the source told CVG.
Skype is a free-and/or-pay service founded in 2003, and has since grown in poularity immensely. It can be used on both PCs and mobile devices, and is used for peer-to-peer video- and voice-chatting; calls to landlines are doable, but they cost a carrier fee.
For more information, check out Laura Parker’s article at Gamespot.