Skype for Asterisk end of sale – July 26, 2011

By Rod Montgomery

Skype for Asterisk will not be available for sale or activation after July 26, 2011.

This unique software provides Asterisk with a native connection to the Skype network, including abilities to call Skype names directly, publish and use presence information, exchange text chat messages, and much more. This native connection is significantly more powerful than a SIP-only service. It has been used to build impressive telephony integrations and mashups using Asterisk, Skype, and other technologies.

Skype for Asterisk has also been a strong and steady seller for Digium. With hundreds of sales each month, many thousands of businesses worldwide are connecting with their customers and employees using Skype and their existing Asterisk installation. We are disappointed that this capability will not be available to new customers after July 26.

Skype for Asterisk was developed by Digium in cooperation with Skype. It includes proprietary software from Skype that allows Asterisk to join the Skype network as a native client. Skype has decided not to renew the agreement that permits us to package this proprietary software. Therefore Skype for Asterisk sales and activations will cease on July 26, 2011.

This change should not affect any existing users of Skype for Asterisk. Representatives of Skype have assured us that they will continue to support and maintain the Skype for Asterisk software for a period of two years thereafter, as specified in the agreement with Digium. We expect that users of Skype for Asterisk will be able to continue using their Asterisk systems on the Skype network until at least July 26, 2013. Skype may extend this at their discretion. Customers that activate Skype for Asterisk prior to July 26, 2011 will enjoy the same maintenance and support as usual, including moving the software licenses among servers as permitted by the license.

Skype for Asterisk remains for sale and activation until July 26, 2011. Please complete any purchases and activations before that date. The agreement between Digium and Skype prevents us from commenting further on their decision.

Thank you for your business.

Digium Product Management

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  • Salah says:

    This is because Microsoft has acquired Skype and for sure it will never support open source projects!!!

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