One of the more exciting announcements in the open communications space was when Digium inked a deal
to allow the most popular open source communications server to work natively with the most popular Internet telephony software.
But yesterday Digium put out a note
telling users that Skype for Asterisk will no longer be available after July 26th, 2011. Current users should be able to use it for a period of two years after that date.
The question worth asking is whether this announcement marks the end of Skype support for non-Microsoft platforms. As Erik Lagerway asks
- will Skype Connect for various PBX vendors be next?
In the past I've have heard there were scaling issues with Skype for Asterisk so this move could be a result pruning products which didn't meet certain standards or requirements.
Obviously we will know more as time goes on but this move likely won't be welcomed by the legions of open-source fanboys out there. And Microsoft
needs to be careful to not alienate the influencers in the market if it doesn't want to intentionally reduce the value of an acquisition which many say cost too much.
Update May 26, 2011
Skype sent me their official comment regarding Skype for Asterisk from Jennifer Caukin, spokeswoman for Skype.