A newly appeared job advert is suggesting further integration of Skype with Microsoft’s Xbox console. This isn’t wholy surprising since Microsoft is the company that bought out the VOIP provider last year for just over £5 billion.
“We’re building the next generations of our products and technology right here in London and Skype is looking to hire a Software Development Engineer to contribute to the development of our experiences on Xbox,” says the job listing.
The relevant experience and qualifications include:
• B.Sc. in Computer Science or related field
• Solid background and a broad range of experience in Windows development, experience with the following technologies is essential: C++/ C# and .Net
• Experience building and shipping software within an Agile software development environment
• Exposure to XDK, XNA and the Xbox platform or any experience in game development would be nice to have
The job listing also notes that experience developing Windows 8 Metro experience would be a big bonus. It seems likely from this that the Xbox’s dashboard will be taking on a similar Metro feel to it in the future.
But what will you be doing as part of Skype Xbox?
“You will work in a dynamic environment on highly visible products, participating in all steps of the product lifecycle. You will be designing and developing next generation scalable services for millions of end users. This is a new team to Skype as well as the London office, so the positions will lend themselves well to people with a great startup mentality and the ability to make things happen.”