Microsoft backtracks on Skype Desktop API cull, spares hardware

Skype logoMicrosoft has altered its plan of ending support for its Skype Desktop API, following feedback from users. Compatibility with Skype-enabled hardware and call recording apps will continue to be offered in the communications tool, though the same reprieve will not be extended to chat via third-party applications, which will end in December as originally planned.

The original decision to close the Skype Desktop API came from a need for a "more familiar and consistent Skype experience across all major platforms," combined with the fact that the Desktop API was not usable on mobile versions of the app. A post on the Skype blog states "The current Desktop API extensibility model wasn't built for the cloud connected world," with the Windows 8 store app, Xbox One, and other platforms not able to be extended in the same way. "The extensibility model of running only on one type of end point needs to evolve to benefit from this new design pattern."

The plans would have stopped apps from being able to record calls through the Skype client, and though it would have rendered the Skype-specific elements of some hardware useless, such as call buttons on a headset, the remainder of the hardware would in theory continue to operate as normal. These will instead continue to be available to use until Microsoft is able to "determine alternative options or retire the current solution."

Source: Electronista

Tags: Microsoft, Skype

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