Israeli business website Calcalist is reporting that Microsoft has acquired peer-to-peer torrent software developer Pando for $11 million. Pando is perhaps best known for developing the Pando Media Booster, software widely known for its use in League of Legends and other PC games, which allows for peer-to-peer transfer of the game client or large updates. According to a loose translation, Calcalis says that Microsoft is planning to us Pando's software in the next-gen Xbox.
It should be noted that Pando doesn't exactly have the best reputation with gamers. Pando Media Booster has been referred to as "borderline malware" on occasion by players and tech sites alike. For example, the small application is installed with League of Legends and will run in the background as you're downloading the game and also afterwards -- potentially devouring your bandwidth. Disabling peer-to-peer can stop the process, but uninstalling the "booster" is the only sure way to stop it.
While a business website reporting that Pando was purchased by Microsoft is likely reliable, any statements they make about gaming should likely be taken entirely as rumor. While the article does say the software is planned to be used in the next-gen Xbox, how can we know for sure before Microsoft has even unveiled the thing? Maybe Microsoft just wanted Pando's patents for peer-to-peer transfer. Maybe it's nothing at all.
Calcalist also says that the next Xbox console is planned to be shown off in June. Now it should be fairly obvious just how much a stretch some of these statements are. Truth or rumor, don't be surprised if Microsoft has some interesting ways in which it connects to the internet when it's finally announced. If the Durango is permanently online, it has to be fast, right?