Xbox 720 Will Feature Skype, Could Launch Within 18 Months

Tom Hopkins

Microsoft job ads reveal more about the platform holders plans for the next-gen Xbox.

Published on Aug 9, 2012

Xbox 720 will include an "integrated Skype platform" and should launch by early 2014 at the latest, according to two new Microsoft job ads.

The first, based in London, seeks a UI Designer/Prototyper to help bring Skype to the next Xbox.

"The team you’ll join is responsible for Skype in the living room (broadly the home), across various devices but with a focus on the large screen and the next generation of Xbox," reads the job description.

Responsibilities include "
Working with the Xbox team directly in Redmond, USA. (both current Xbox and next gen)," and helping to "design an integrated Skype platform that’s pervasive within the Xbox console and ecosystem".

The second role is for a marketing role with a description that hints at Microsoft's plans for its next console:

"Over the next eighteen months Microsoft will release new versions of all of our most significant products including Windows (Client, Server, Phone and Azure), Office and Xbox, along with completely new offerings like Microsoft Surface," it reads. "This wave of product launches will define the course of the company for years to come and thus provides an unprecedented opportunity for us to refresh and evolve our strategic brands."

Microsoft is still officially down-playing the next Xbox console - but the evidence for such a product keeps mounting.



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