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Next Gen Xbox (2014) & Skype on Xbox Confirmed in Microsoft Job Listing

August 9, 2012 1 Comment

We have gone back and forth as to the situation between Microsoft and admitting that they are working on the next gen Xbox 360 (Xbox 720). So much so that they never even dare to speak of it. Recently a Microsoft employee let slip that Xbox 720 was coming but then Microsoft stepped in and said that he was just misunderstood.

Now we see here a job listing for a person who will work on a Skype application for the current Xbox and next gen. So now we now for a FACT that Microsoft is working on the current gen Xbox and that Skype will be coming to Xbox as soon as this fall (most likely in the spring).

Another similar job posting shows that the Xbox 720 should be here by 2014.

See the job listing below….

UI Designer & Prototyper -Xbox Job

Date: Aug 8, 2012

Location: London, GB

Job Category: Software Engineering: User Experience
Location: London, GB
Job ID: 805304-89868
Division:SkypeUI Designer & Prototyper for Skype
Next gen Xbox and consumer electronicsAbout Skype

Skype is software that enables the world’s conversations. Every day, hundreds of millions of people everywhere on the planet use Skype to do amazing things together whenever they’re apart. We want to help folks achieve their full potential and communications is a fundamental part of that mission.

Your role

Do you love making things clear and simple for everyone to use and understand? Do you have crazy hot design skills and experience designing for TV and entertainment systems, as well as mobile & web? If you said yes, carry on reading. If no, then this job probably isn’t for you.

You see, at Skype we know the power of good design and flawless experiences (we’re still working on that part!), and we need more top-notch designers to join the family, that value great experiences just as much as we do. It’s really that simple.

We’d like you to have the heart of an artist, with the mind of an engineer. You love the challenge of effortlessly blending form and function.

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. Naturally there’s a healthy overlap with other teams with the design organization which makes the job all the more exciting. As well as being useful and universal, we want the experience to be wonderful; look beautiful and work beautifully.

Key Responsibilities

Reporting directly to the Head of Design for Xbox & Consumer Electronics, you will be entrusted to lovingly craft final product designs. You’re always hands-on and working with other designers, engineers and product managers. Your primary focus will be:

– Solving complex problems and turning them into clear design solutions
– Developing interactive prototypes from wireframes and pixel perfect design
Working with the Xbox team directly in Redmond, USA. (both current Xbox and next gen)
– Help design an integrated Skype platform that’s pervasive within the Xbox console and ecosystem
– Work with the research team for testing prototypes
– Collaborate with managers, engineers and your fellow designers

via: OXMonline

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