Skype today announced SkypeKit beta SDK that provides developers with tools to bring Skype’s services natively to applications and devices. In other words, you will be able to integrate Skype services directly into your app without having the Skype desktop application running. The company is calling applications and devices that use this SDK “plugged into Skype”.
The SDK is currently only available on Linux, but Skype says there are Windows and Mac versions coming “in the next few weeks”. Developers that utilize the SkypeKit SDK will have to go through an approval process, which will cost them $20.
API’s to be provided in the SDK include instant messaging, video and voice calling, and super wideband audio based on the SILK codec. The video embedded below shows a variety of devices utilizing SkypeKit SDK API’s.
“SkypeKit will initially be available as a beta on an invitation only basis. SkypeKit for consumer electronic device makers will be available tomorrow, June 23, based on the Linux OS. For desktop software developers, SkypeKit will be available for Windows and Mac in the next few weeks.”
You can sign up for the SkypeKit Beta Program here.