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Skype to cut support for Extras program

Written by James Delahunty (Google+) @ 12 Sep 2009 21:06

Skype to cut support for Extras program In a blog post in the Skype Developer Zone, titled "The future of Skype Extras", the company announced that they will shut down the Skype Extras program. Skype will no longer certify any new Extras - though existing Extras will stay certified until their expiration dates. It will continue to distribute applications through the existing Extras Manager in Skype for Windows, but won't add any new Extras.
"Despite the incredible breadth of Extras developed for Skype, simply not enough people were using them to justify our continued support of the Extras programme," the blog post, written by Antoine Bertout, reads. "Unfortunately, effective today, we will shut down the Skype Extras programme."

  • We will no longer certify new Extras. However, all existing Extras will stay certified until their expiration dates and all unused test tickets will be reimbursed.
  • We will continue to distribute applications through the existing Extras Manager in Skype for Windows, but will no longer add new Extras.
  • All public API documents will continue to be maintained.
  • Skype will continue to support accessories via the Public API.
  • The Skype shop will continue to feature currently listed Extras.

"It was a tough decision, but we want to assure the community that we focus our time and resources on initiatives that delight our users and help our partners create innovative products for new markets," the blog reads. "While the Extras program didn't work as well as we'd hoped, we still believe there are opportunities for third-party developers to enhance the Skype experience."

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