Microsoft appears to be planning its own web-based video chat for Windows Live Wave 5.
The software giant is busy readying its latest update to the various Windows Live online services. LiveSide has spotted updated icons that hint at a web-based version of Microsoft’s Windows Live Messenger video chat service. The icons are believed to be from the latest Wave 5 web versions of Windows Live Messenger and include new video status logos.
Microsoft has been increasingly tight-lipped about its upcoming Windows 8 and Windows Live feature sets. The company is due to hold its BUILD conference in just over a month’s time where it will unveil more about the future of Windows and Windows Live. Microsoft’s Windows Live Cloud services are believed to play a significant role in Windows 8, providing file sync and account settings cloud based backup.
Microsoft’s Wave 5 of Windows Live products could also see the company unveil its first integration work with Skype. The software giant announced its intentions to purchase Skype in May. Microsoft’s deal is valued at $8.5 billion cash. Skype CEO Tony Bates recently revealed that the deal could be complete as early as October. The deal will pave the way for Skype on Xbox, Windows Live, Outlook and others.