Microsoft’s Xbox 360 looks set to be getting Skype integrated – sooner than later, of course. After all, Microsoft’s most recent Xbox awards survey saked, “Other than playing games, which of the following activities do you enjoy on Xbox 360?” Among the answers include viewing your favorite DVDs and Zune movies, while “using Skype” also makes up one of the answers. Surely Microsoft is not going to talk about the future plans they have for Skype until the EU commission approves the deal, no?
Microsoft did confirm earlier that Skype’s service will arrive on the Xbox 360 and Kinect, with Tony Bates, Skype’s CEO, mentioning, “We already got through the US side of it. We still have Europe so it’s anyone’s guess, but I would say we’ve got a couple of months more here. Maybe sort of an October time frame would be my guess.”
Well, better late than never, don’t you think so? Microsoft already picked up Skype for $8.5 billion earlier in the year, and it makes perfect sense if they are going to recoup their investment in creative and different ways – starting with Skype integration in the Xbox 360, perhaps?