Skype Talks About Discontinuing Desktop API To Deliver Consistent Skype Experience Across All Major Platforms

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Microsoft Skype recently announced that they are discontinuing Skype Desktop API in order to deliver consistent experience across all the platforms. They have explained their decision with the following message,

We’ve been working hard to develop new technologies and make improvements that will benefit Skype users across all platforms, especially on mobile devices. These changes will significantly improve the call quality and speed of delivery of instant messages, while retaining excellent battery life of mobile devices.

As people are using Skype on more devices, we’re also working hard to create a more familiar and consistent Skype experience across all major platforms.

The Desktop API was created in 2004 and it doesn’t support mobile application development. We have, therefore, decided to retire the Desktop API in December 2013.

If you’d like to provide us with your feedback, simply start Skype and go to Help > Give feedback. Your opinion is important to us and it will help us prioritize potential new features for the Skype users.

Source: Skype

  • aka13

    Just wtf, minimizing doesn’t work, but hell yeah, the one that works, we will shut down.

  • Julien

    Microsoft Skype recently announced that they are discontinuing Skype Desktop API.
    What does that even mean??

    • Sergey Durnov

      No desktop sharing?

  • Joe Morales

    This doesn’t mean they’re retiring the Skype desktop app, are they?

    • Lou_Sasshole

      No at all.

  • damylen

    It means that other desktop applications that want to interact with Skype (maybe embed skype into their application or do some automation) are not able to do that anymore

    • NicolaMantovani

      This ^. All other comments are getting it wrong. They are retiring an API, not the application.

  • Stephen Victor

    They need to focus on adding features to modern Skype then, specifically things they didn’t include from desktop Skype: voice mail access and Facebook chat. Also should add in Google Chat like has…please!!!

  • Yehuda Lauer

    I just hope this means they plan on making the w8 app not suck…

  • hysonmb

    What are they thinking!? So what if there isn’t feature parity, Skype is a huge application and killing it on desktops just makes room for someone to fill the void with something that works with the 3 screens and the cloud mantra MS has been professing.

    • hysonmb

      Cancel my mini-rant. The application is not dead yet, just the API.

  • Beezer

    I’ve given up on Skype, they have the worst logic. They will suspend your account after it’s been hacked. The result, no more MSN, no more Skype, on my Surface RT I can’t even use a new account cause I can’t log out, it just says error. So what’s the point, screw getting Xbox One if my same XBL account linked to Skype won’t work. Good job Microsoft. You win!

    And if you think my case is the only one, look at the community:

    I’ve been a member for 7yrs. Their logic is that I slept on the account for 7yrs to send SPAM now. Riiiight.

  • xma1e

    i suppose this will affect 3rd party aps like those used to make a DECT phone work with skype :(

  • SategB

    $8.5 billion spent and what has Ballmer and boys done with this buy? It’s been over two years and if anything the damn thing is going backwards.

    • rjmlive
      • SategB

        So revenues at time of purchased was resulting in close to 2 million in losses and nothing substantial can point to any real change of that position.

        It’s looks to be another aQuantive.

    • Emily the Strange

      you dont even know what you are talking about…. but Im not going to explain people like you what this means… please research next time. But its not what you think

      • SategB

        Microsoft now owns a solid, established, slightly-profitable video conferencing service. If, by this time next year, all they have is, um, a solid, established, slightly-profitable video conferencing service, then that can only be seen as a mission failure.

        Couldn’t say it any better if I tried.

  • Emily the Strange

    Im amazed how ignorant people can be…
    please… research a Little… the Skype Desktop API, its useless and thats why they created other technologies like Skypekit, or do you think they created that just to people to ignore it? thats why many and many more programs use the thing.
    thats all I got to say because apparently people come here and cant even take the time to know what “Skype desktop api” is and how Skypekit its a different thing

  • Joe

    Just tell us that you want people to use only crappy desktop and mobile official clients to earn money from ads. Those clients suck, btw, so does the protocol itself. If you’ll close it, many people will suffer because they agree with me – skype sucks.