updated 05:16 am EST, Mon November 4, 2013
Third-party apps, accessories will stop working with Skype in December
Third party applications, add-ons and accessories will soon cease to function with Skype, according to a new dialog box warning appearing when the app starts up. The change, which will take place in December, could end up rendering a large number of Skype-specific hardware either partly or entirely non-functional to users.
The change relates to Microsoft's decision to close the Skype Desktop API, reports Network World. A post on the Skype support pages advises that the API, created in 2004, does not "support mobile application development," with the company's move to "create a more familiar and consistent Skype experience across all major platforms" being the main justification for it.
Software that takes advantage of the API will stop communicating with Skype once it is closed. As for hardware, headsets with Skype-specific buttons will continue to work as a headset, but the extra buttons will not work with Skype itself anymore. Depending on the age of the device, users may have to look toward the headset manufacturer to see if there is a software update or something similar that can make the extra buttons more useful again.