Microsoft planning built-in “Chatter” video service for Windows 8?

By Tom Warren, on 3rd Jun 11 4:53 pm with 22 Comments

Microsoft might be preparing its own “Chatter” video service inside Windows 8.

References to “Chatter” have been discovered in early leaked builds of Windows 8. Forum users at MDL spotted a DLL named ConsentUX.dll which includes the following:

100,Do you want to allow %1 to use your %2 ?
101,CapabilityName
102,DisplayName

1600,Block
1601,Do you want to you allow Chatter to use your video ?
1602,Allow
1603,Always Allow

The current speculation is that the references point to a feature that Microsoft may have inadvertently revealed during its Windows 8 preview earlier this week. Manan Kakkar points out that the lock screen of Windows 8 includes video, messaging and group icons. Kakkar speculates that the icon could be the signs of Microsoft’s Skype and Windows Live Messenger integration. The icon for the group of people appears to be the same that’s used in Windows Live Messenger. Chatter even appears to have its own icon:

Chatter?

If Microsoft is building its own video calling service then it’s likely in response to Apple’s FaceTime product. Chatter could be used to unify several video calling services already available from Microsoft’s products and provide one easy route for Windows users to communicate over several Microsoft owned platforms. Microsoft purchased Skype in early May for $8.5 billion. The company says Skype will support Microsoft devices like Xbox and Kinect, Windows Phone and a wide array of Windows devices, and Microsoft will connect Skype users with Lync, Outlook, Xbox Live and other communities. Chatter could be the unification of said services. It’s also possible that the references are to an experimental feature, created before Microsoft’s Skype deal.

Windows 8 lockscreen

  • http://twitter.com/IgnatiusAwesome Sonny Williams

    Aperture Science.

  • http://www.facebook.com/quesoloco Justin Long

    Did anyone else notice it looks the same as the Aperture Science logo?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jonathan-Marston/542557737 Jonathan Marston

    Looks like Microsoft is just doing what they must, because they can!

    • Anonymous

      they no longer have the DOJ up there ass and since the other companies have been doing shit like this in the last few years i think that they won’t have a problem with united services…

    • the-hq

      well at least we know *someone* who didn’t get the reference…

    • Anonymous

      There’s no sense crying over every mistake

    • BucksterMcgee

      On a more serious note, the text to speech voice for Windows Phone reminds me enough of GLaDOS, that I really want Microsoft to get Ellen McLain to do all of their text to speech voice engine recording.

      There’s little more in the world I want then having GLaDOS direct me sarcastically for turn by turn navigation, while adlibing while reading back messages to me. “Trust me, turning left right now would be best for both of us…. well at least for the one who cannot feel pain” “Your wife says to pick up milk on your way home…. also that she does not love you”

    • the-hq

      well at least we know *someone* who didn’t get the reference…

    • the-hq

      well at least we know *someone* who didn’t get the reference…

    • the-hq

      well at least we know *someone* who didn’t get the reference…

    • the-hq

      well at least we know *someone* who didn’t get the reference…

    • Guest

      Start preparing the defense for the inevitable EU protest now.

    • BucksterMcgee

      For science! You monster.

  • Anonymous

    Holy crap!  I just figured out why MS bought Skype.  They’re going to integrate it into the new Windows 8 experience, which is going to be on every PC and Tablet in the world. 

    • BucksterMcgee

      Not just every PC and Tablet, but soon Phone and your TV with Xbox, unified communication across everything.

      I would add though, that Microsoft couldn’t guarantee that they would have Skype, and in fact the deal still hasn’t gone through yet, so I would be hesitant to see Skype for sure become universal for all platforms by Windows 8′s release. It is still about a year away, so they could do it if they rushed, but I feel like that would be someone they would want to have

      Who knows, hell knowing Microsoft they were probably going to build multiple points of intergration into anyway, such as using Skype as a 3rd party, and now it will be just that much easier.

  • Scott

    “Chatter” is a Salesforce product (www.chatter.com). I doubt that Microsoft will use this name.

    • Anonymous

      Yeah, they’ll prob just buy them and take the name.

  • Guest

    “If Microsoft is building its own video calling service then it’s likely in response to Apple’s FaceTime product. ”

    Well duh. Does MS every do anything that isn’t a response to Apple, or Google, or Salesforce, or Amazon?

  • Anonymous

    The only problem I see with this is that they got an antitrust judgement against them in South Korea for implementing Live Messenger in Windows.

  • David Neugebauer

    They just bought Skype, I think this is going to be the name of this chat service… But Aperture …err… Microsoft will surely tell us.

  • http://fakesteveballmer.blogspot.com/ Stephanos Anton Ballmerfeld

    Stick with us people!

  • http://thommck.wordpress.com Thom McKiernan

    I spotted this in the preview video too. I’ve tried to get as good a close up as possible on the icon but it is quite clearly a webcam » http://bit.ly/m7rOXv. 
    The question is, what does the number relate too? Number of contacts online? Video messages left while you were offline?