Skype Pushes Voice Further By Opening APIBy ExtremeTech Staff | Print
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VOIP provider Skype said Wednesday that it plans to open up its network to outside developers, allowing voice-over-IM functionality to be included inside a number of disparate applications.VOIP provider Skype said Wednesday that it plans to open up its network to outside developers, allowing voice-over-IM functionality to be included inside a number of disparate applications.
Skype will publish its APIs and open its SkypeNet network next week, when the company celebrates its second anniversary. A second application, SkypeNet, will offer presence functionality. Both will become part of the Skype Developer Program, an existing partner community.
Opening up the APIs will allow third-party software developers to include voice-messaging capability inside of third-party applications, such as games and collaboration tools, without the need to include the full Skype client. Those applications will be able to piggyback on the Skype network, which allows free voice communication for Skype users.
SkypeNet will allow users to signal others that they're available to talk via Skype. "How will it work? Simple actually, just tell Skype that you want to share your online status with the Web, copy and paste a few lines of HTML and script that Skype will give you and voila... your Skype status is on the Web," according to a post on the Skype developer blog. "Look for more announcements in the coming weeks from partners who will make sharing your Skype status on the Web quick and easy."
This article was originally published on extremevoip.com.