Just saw that Microsoft snuck a bit of good news into the Xbox Live Gold for Xbox One owners – not only will a Live Gold subscription get you access to Skype, you’ll also get 100 free worldwide long distance minutes per month for six months as well as group video chat.

Just to be clear, the long distance calls aren’t Skype-to-Skype calling – those types of connections (as of now) are free and unlimited with the Live Gold subscription. These 100 minutes(x6 months), much like the minutes bundled with the MS Office 365 package or the recently released Surface 2/Surface Pro 2 benefits, allow you to make calls from Skype to landlines and cell phones any of 50 countries around the world, free of charge. Whether this will work on other devices remains to be seen, but we suspect that the minutes will be tied to your Live/Skype account, and not require you to use them on the Xbox One.

If you want to know more, head over to the Skype blog for more details, and if you’re interested in where the offer is available and which countries you can call, check out the offer terms.