Skype opens the development floodgates

Get ready for Skype to become even more ubiquitous.

Today Skype lets loose its SkypeKit SDK for developers to incorporate Skype-tastic features into consumer devices and desktop applications. In essence, any Internet-connected device can now become VoIP-enabled via Skype. Right now the SDK is available for Linux with Windows/Mac coming later. The SILK audio codec is part of the SDK and definitely something to lure developers into creating HD audio apps.

This couldn’t come at a better time. Consumer electronic devices are fast becoming networked and an important part of our lives that we wonder why we cannot communicate using these devices. We don’t really care for the traditional phone hardware anymore in today’s IP world. If my digital photo frame is Internet-enabled, why can’t I use it to call people too? It sits in the living room or at my desk — convenient and popular locations to conduct calls.

I’m excited to see what developers come up with to Skype-enable our electronics!


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