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This article was published on July 15, 2010

SkypeKit (beta) available for MacOS X and Windows

SkypeKit (beta) available for MacOS X and Windows
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Industry veteran, started in medical electronics, then mobile, ISP/Telco and mobile/wireless. Been in the industry for over 20 years. Involv Industry veteran, started in medical electronics, then mobile, ISP/Telco and mobile/wireless. Been in the industry for over 20 years. Involved in various start-ups and early stage investor and write for various tech sites. Mainly now just professionally annoy people (sometimes). Can be found on Twitter as stevekennedyuk and on a techie blog Euro Tech News.

SkypeKitSkype have released their SkypeKit for Windows and MacOS X, following the launch of the Linux version a few weeks ago. Though this may not sound that exciting, it may truly revolutionise the market with VoIP being made available everywhere.

SkypeKit is a set of APIs (application programming interfaces) into Skype’s services allowing developers to integrate Skype directly into their applications without any need to utilise or load the Skype program itself. The APIs give access to voice, video as well as chat functionality and the clearer audio of the HD  SILK codec. This means that any application can now use Skype on pretty much any environment and they may stand a chance of fighting off Google Voice which so far has only been released in the US and is only configurable via the web or via and Android client though the acquisition of Gizmo5 (a VoIP player) may give them a front-end.

Plugged into SkypeThe toolkit is available to Skype Developers (initially on a limited basis) with a public roll-out due later this year. Developer membership will cost $20 per year giving the develop the ability to use the “plugged into Skype” logo

Skype will not allow SkypeKit to be used for “adult themed” or gambling applications.

Skype are obviously taking the Google threat seriously and want to make it so easy to use Skype that it becomes the VoIP application of choice on every operating system everywhere as Skype already operate in most countries. What will Google do in response?

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