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Microsoft To Integrate Skype With Xbox 360?

If leaked videos are to be believed, software giant Microsoft Corporation is integrating video chat and telephony service provider Skype with its gaming console, Xbox 360.

According to tech website Win Rumours, early on Wednesday a video was leaked on YouTube that showed off new features that will be added to the gaming console Xbox 360 later this year. The listed features included Skype, fuelling rumours that Xbox 360 will enable gamers to interact with their Windows Live friends even while playing games.

The latest survey conducted by Microsoft Corp also revealed that Zune and Skype are among the most awaited features for Xbox 360.

Microsoft revealed its plans to acquire Skype in May this year, however, the $8.5 billion deal is still pending awaiting the approval of the EU Commission. The deal which is expected to close in October will make the current chief executive of Skype, Tony Bates, the chief of Microsoft Skype division, who will report directly to Steve Ballmer, the current CEO of Microsoft.

Although the details available are scant, Microsoft plans to integrate the video chat and telephony service with a variety of its products which include, Xbox and Kinect, Windows Phones and others to connect its Outlook, Xbox Live and other users with Skype.