If you by chance venture towards the job listings on Microsoft’s careers site, you’ll notice that they are in search for a UI Designer & Prototyper to help develop Skype for the ‘Next Generation Xbox and consumer electronics’.
Description of the vacancy further adds:
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.
Talks on the web point towards Microsoft launching their next console by the end of next year. Brian Hall, Microsoft’s general manager for Windows, came forward to confirm the existence and production of a new Xbox. Microsoft however, said later on that his comments were misunderstood out of context.
When Brian mentioned a ‘new wave of products,’ he was referring to the full line-up of products coming later this year from Microsoft, including Windows 8, Office, Windows Phone and of course our fall Xbox update which will bring a host of new consumer experiences like Xbox Music, Videos, Games on Windows 8 and Xbox SmartGlass.