|[June 12, 2006]
Skype Developers Program Hits One Year Anniversary; 3500 Developers are in the Skype Developers Program; More Than 300 Software and 100 Skype Certified Hardware Products Developed on the Skype API
LAS VEGAS --(Business Wire)-- June 12, 2006 -- Skype, the global Internet communications company, today celebrates the first anniversary of its Skype Developers Program. In a year, the program has attracted more than 3,500 developers worldwide to create applications that work with Skype.
Designed to encourage and support innovative development on the Skype Application Protocol Interface (API), the Skype Developers Program has led to hundreds of products. The initiative helps drive the growth of the Skype ecosystem and helps extend the range of products and features that people enjoy. Moreover, the program has opened new ways for developers to turn their passion into an attractive source of income.
Skype's API - available on Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux - is free for anyone to use and develop both commercial and non-commercial applications. In the past year, the program has supported the creation of more than 300 software applications and over 100 Skype Certified hardware products.
In the coming year, Skype will focus on growing the program further by providing additional support to the developer community, particularly in North America.
Skype believes in working closely with its developers to spur innovative integration with Skype. In response to developer feedback, Skype will work over the next year to enable deeper integration. Skype is particularly interested in:
-- New APIs, covering the areas of SMS, voice access, call transfer, plug-in, COM4Web and Skypecasts
-- Access to Skype's 100 million member community with third-party application search, trial and purchase functionality within Skype software
-- Closer integration with Skype software via a user interface plug-in framework
"The Skype Developers Program has been extremely successful and we've seen some excellent ideas that benefit our users," said Lenn Pryor, head of Skype Developers Program. Now, with more than 100 million registered users in the Skype community, our developers can tap into this market to build successful businesses and help increase profits."
Skype offers a variety of tools and resources for members of its Developers Program, including:
-- The Skype API, which allows developers to build applications and bring them to market quickly, including a managed code wrapper for COM and ActiveX controls to enable developers to quickly and easily build Skype enabled applications.
-- A Developer Zone Web site for access to tools, sample code, technical documentation, release notes, technical support and more.
-- Member Forums, which enable online discussions with other members of the Skype developer community.
-- Certification program to certify products to ensure they're give your users an optimal experience when using Skype. Becoming a Skype certified partner helps businesses to easily target mass market and provides companies good association with the Skype brand.
The Skype Developers Program has a broad range of application developers who include individuals, merchants and service providers, as well as independent, commercial and enterprise software vendors. Members are creating a wide variety of solutions and products. Examples include:
-- Tellme - a provider of Internet-based voice services, developed the first consumer voice applications to use IP infrastructure for both the transport provided by Skype and content (VoiceXML) powered by Tellme. The applications run on Tellme's network and can be found by visiting the Skype Developer Zone at share.skype.com/directory/voice_services/.
-- Salesforce.com (NYSE:CRM), the market and technology leader in on-demand business services, has created a Skype-Salesforce integration - available for free - that will voice-enable all of the more than 250 applications on the AppExchange. Customers have the ability to integrate and deploy Skype along with any number of other on-demand applications via the AppExchange to an existing Salesforce implementation. AppExchange can be found at http://www.appexchange.com.
-- Vapps - a global supplier of VoIP conference call solutions, Vapps recently announced an initiative to provide unlimited, free conference calling for up to 500 participants to Skype's 100 million registered users through Highspeedconferencing.com.
About the Skype Developer Program
In mid-2005, the Skype Developers Program was founded to provide third party developers with access to the API and enable them to build their own applications for Skype. The API is available on Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux, and is free to use to develop both commercial and non-commercial applications. As of Q1 2006, there are approximately 3,500 Skype software developers, who have built more than 300 third-party software applications. These developers are creating a new generation of innovative third-party solutions to enhance the Skype user experience.
Skype is the world's fastest-growing Internet communication offering, allowing people everywhere to make unlimited voice and video communication for free between the users of Skype software. Skype is available in 27 languages and is used in almost every country around the world. Skype generates revenue through its premium offerings such as making and receiving calls to and from landline and mobile phones, voicemail, call forwarding and personalization including ringtones and avatars. Skype also has relationships with a growing network of hardware and software providers.
Skype is an eBay company (NASDAQ:EBAY). To learn more visit skype.com.
Skype is not a replacement for your ordinary telephone and cannot be used for emergency calling.
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