I tend to not focus on rumor, but since it's almost time for E3 2012, let's do it. Microsoft recently posted a job opening on their website, looking for a "Skype for Xbox Program Manager Lead." If ever there was proof that Microsoft's acquisition of Skype last year was going to start paying off, this might be it.
According to the job post, it would appear that the goal is to incorporate Skype into the next generation Xbox, expected to be announced at next year's E3.
Skype is working on powering real-time voice and video communications on the Xbox. Xbox is a fundamental lynchpin of Skype's living-room strategy, and we are focused on enabling amazing new in-game and in-console voice and video experiences for the next generation of Xbox
. This is a crucial initiative for Xbox, and it is time-critical given the hardware lead times involved.
The Skype for Xbox Program Manager Lead will be responsible for overseeing all aspects of the Skype experience on Xbox, and will be directly accountable for its market performance. She or he will be responsible to see this new product from concept through launch, monitor its performance and recommend enhancements as necessary.
So, for now, this is all we know, and it will probably stay that way until this time next year. Microsoft is certainly ramping up for a major platform when the new hardware is announced. It is also nice to see that Microsoft will be integrating its other properties to continue their "Xbox is entertainment" initiative.