Microsoft’s Skype messaging and VOIP platform used to be a desktop application, but has since moved on to other platforms, such as mobile, and thanks to Microsoft making the Skype API available, there have been a number of apps and software that allows users to connect to Skype without having to turn to the official Skype program. Well it looks like all of that will soon be coming to an end as Microsoft has announced that they will be discontinuing the Skype Desktop API in order to deliver a more consistent experience across all platforms.
According to the Skype blog, “We’ve been working hard to develop new technologies and make improvements that will benefit Skype users across all platforms, especially on mobile devices. These changes will significantly improve the call quality and speed of delivery of instant messages, while retaining excellent battery life of mobile devices.” The blog goes on to state that they will be retiring the Desktop API come December 2013, “The Desktop API was created in 2004 and it doesn’t support mobile application development. We have, therefore, decided to retire the Desktop API in December 2013.” We understand there are some apps out there that allows users to connect to Skype along with a host of other messaging platforms, so if you’re using those programs, perhaps it’s time to give the official app a try.