The future of Skype Extras
Skype has always focused on delivering products that delight our users. For many years, the Skype Developer Program has offered a wide range of tools that allow third-party developers to create hardware and software that work with Skype. Many innovative applications have been developed and distributed over the years and we feel fortunate to have worked with some of the best developers anywhere.
Despite the incredible breadth of Extras developed for Skype, simply not enough people were using them to justify our continued support of the Extras programme. Unfortunately, effective today, we will shut down the Skype Extras programme.
]]>So what does this mean?
- We will no longer certify new Extras. However, all existing Extras will stay certified until their expiration dates and all unused test tickets will be reimbursed.
- We will continue to distribute applications through the existing Extras Manager in Skype for Windows, but will no longer add new Extras.
- All public API documents will continue to be maintained.
- Skype will continue to support accessories via the Public API.
- The Skype shop will continue to feature currently listed Extras.
It was a tough decision, but we want to assure the community that we focus our time and resources on initiatives that delight our users and help our partners create innovative products for new markets. While the Extras program didn’t work as well as we’d hoped, we still believe there are opportunities for third-party developers to enhance the Skype experience. We’ll keep you posted.