5 new exciting Skype features in the new Xbox One

As the launch date of Xbox One gets closer, more information about the console are starting to surface the internet. Microsoft aims to make Xbox One as a center for home entertainment, allowing the family to play games, view online media services as well as make Skype calls. What makes the Xbox One stand out from competition is the great integration of all Windows services into one platform. This means that Windows Phone, Windows tablets and Windows PC will all work very well with the Xbox One.

The Skype team in Microsoft wrote a new blog post on the 5 core features about Skype in Xbox One:

No. 5: Notifications

Now you’ll never miss a chance to connect with the people who matter thanks to notifications that pop up when you receive calls and messages, whether you’re playing a game like Forza Motorsport 5, watching live TV, or doing Xbox Fitness.

No. 4: Wide View Camera with Auto Zoom and Pan

With Kinect’s new wide view lens and auto zoom functionality, the days of crowding everyone around the computer are long gone. With Skype for Xbox One, you can fit the whole family comfortably and easily into the frame so no one gets left out. And with auto zoom, the Kinect camera instantly focuses on the callers in the frame and will pan and zoom automatically to make your video calling experience even better.

No. 3:  Multitasking with Snap-Able Apps

Snap makes it easy to use two experiences side-by-side. With Snap-optimized apps working alongside Skype for Xbox One, you’ll be able to multitask while you’re on a call, so you can do things like check sports scores in with Internet Explorer or watch Star Trek Into Darkness (available to own now on Xbox Video) while video chatting with your friends.

No. 2: Video Quality

For all your one-on-one chats, Skype will deliver video quality that’s sharper than ever, with 1080p HD video calling. This means you and the people you’re calling will be crystal clear, making your everyday moments even more memorable.

No. 1: Free Group Video Calling and 100 Worldwide Minutes!

Today, we’re excited to announce that we’re offering Group Video Calling and up to 100 worldwide minutes per month for calls to mobiles and landlines in over 50 countries – free for six months with an Xbox Live Gold membership on Xbox One. Free Skype minutes mean you can order a pizza from the place down the street or chat with a friend around the world all from your Xbox One.

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