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24 June 2010, 15:20

Skype release a toolkit for adding VoIP to devices and web sites

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SkypeKit Logo Communications service Skype has published SkypeKit, a collection of software components and programming interfaces that developers can use to put VoIP software on Internet-capable devices and web sites. Also referred to as "headless Skype ", SkypeKit does not require the Skype client. The SDK includes APIs for voice and video support, instant messaging, and Skype's "Super Wideband Audio Codec" (SILK). In the first stage, the kit is apparently tailored to the needs of device manufacturers. Over the course of the year, however, another version compatible with desktop and web applications is to be released.

Developers who use SkypeKit will be able to use the label "plugged into Skype" on their devices to show customers that the devices offer Skype functions. At the moment, SkypeKit is available in a beta version for Linux systems. Those who have a Skype account can request an invitation to take part in the program. In its questions and answers blog post, Skype says that membership will cost less than $20 (approximately £13).

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