Today, Skype released its own open software development kit (SDK) for developers which are called “SkypeKit”. SkypeKit will allow Skype calls, instant messaging, video chat bots and other features to be integrated into development.
In IMs Industry, Skype has found its own way into a variety of devices starts from cordless phones, mobile phones to TVs through direct partnerships with device manufacturers. Skype utilized its user base for launching many services as a platform
“The SDK is very similar to what we use internally,” says general manager Jonathan Christensen.
It is more comprehensive SDK then Skype’s public API, which is more for accessories like headphones.
The initial release of SkypeKit has a target at consumer electronics companies & desktop app developers.
SkypeKit supports Linux now and in a few weeks, Windows and Mac support will come out as well.
This SDK comes with Skype’s SILK audio codec, which it is trying to make a standard by making it available royalty-free. “The value of the codec is in the breadth of its adoption,” says Christensen, “we want it to be a common codec.”
As per market trend, I believe that SkypeKit is near to start supporting tablet and mobile operating systems like Apple’s iOS and Android. As per the statement by Christensen “We are looking at the relevant operating systems,” and there is already an official Skype app on the iPhone and Android, so extending the SDK to those mobile platforms is a no-brainer now for SKYPE. After launching skype phone with tie up of “3” let’s see how much sky of SDK Platform got covered by skype. And we also need to think that what will Google Voice do as a next move now?