Microsoft demonstrated voice-over-internet features in its DirectX 8 application programming interface at Milia 2000 in Cannes this week.
The software giant confirmed that its recently acquired Battlefield Communicator system will be rolled into DirectX 8 to provide voice-over-internet technology.
Microsoft aims to show that there's still life in the PC as a games platform. This is despite the predicted onslaught of cheap consoles with internet access. However, the company is rumoured to be developing its own games console.
As well as being able to talk over the internet the device will open up other options for games players, such as audio filtering which will only enable voice instructions to be heard by many users at the same time.
DirectX 8 will also open up opportunities in multi-player online gaming, enabling more gamers to play one game.
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