Microsoft announced that DirectX 8 will support real-time voice technology. The company will utilize the an adapted form of the Battlefield Communicator real-time voice technology it acquired when it bought out Shadow Factor, the technologies developer, in June of last year. The application will get a new name, Direct Play Voice, as part of its integration into the Direct Play API. Shadow Factor has been selling the Battle Com voice application through its website since 1997. Microsoft will make it available as a free download until DirectX 8 appears sometime this summer.