Microsoft might be preparing a new video service inside Windows 8.
It’s reportedly named “Chatter”
Chatter even appears to have its own icon:
Windows 8 chatter logo
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 ?
1601,Do you want to you allow Chatter to use your video ?
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.