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Wednesday, 25 May 2011 10:04

Skype dumps Asterisk

Written by Nick Farell


Is it to appease its Microsoft owners?
Skype has pulled the plug on Skype for Asterisk which it says will not be available for sale or activation after July 26, 2011.

The software was developed by Digium in cooperation with Skype. It included proprietary software from Skype that allows Asterisk to join the Skype network as a native client. However Skype has decided not to renew the agreement that permits the outfit to package this proprietary software.This should not affect any existing users of Skype for Asterisk for at least two years.

However there are dark mutterings on the world wide wibble that Skype has pulled the plug on the software to appease its new Microsoft masters. Quite why this would be the case is anyone's guess. It is probably more rational to think that Skype did it to improve the books before Microsoft took over. Even saner heads might say that Skype simply decided to kill off the third party hack and focus on building native SIP connectivity.

If it pulled this off it would make its products look more appealing to business users as they would have the ability to plug into virtually any IP-PBX.

Nick Farell

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+6 #1 gozzak 2011-05-25 10:18
Skype has become malware in recent times. You can no longer install old versions that dont auto-update, and every time you turn it on, you are greeted with requests to install malware or annoying surveys etc.
 
 
+1 #2 Exodite 2011-05-25 13:49
Quoting gozzak:
Skype has become malware in recent times.



Filehippo to the rescue, they've archived old releases quite far back. 4.2 and 3.8 being quite popular.

Running 4.2 myself, as that was the last version before the UI exploded.
 
 
+1 #3 gozzak 2011-05-25 14:04
Quoting Exodite:
Quoting gozzak:
Skype has become malware in recent times.



Filehippo to the rescue, they've archived old releases quite far back. 4.2 and 3.8 being quite popular.

Running 4.2 myself, as that was the last version before the UI exploded.


I too was running 4.2 till a few days ago when it FORCED the upgrade even through I had disabled updating. The skype forums confirmed this has been happening to a lot of people running 4.2 and earlier recently. Apparantly skype consider it within their right to force it upon us to ensure quality of service.
 
 
+1 #4 Peter Ong 2011-05-25 14:08
Money is the devil. Skype directors can now live happily ever after in Switzerland filthy rich without caring for their old supporters.
 
 
0 #5 Exodite 2011-05-25 14:15
Quoting gozzak:
I too was running 4.2 till a few days ago when it FORCED the upgrade even through I had disabled updating.



Ouch. Just checked myself, I hadn't disabled auto-updates and though I did get a notice that a new version had been downloaded a few days ago I were simply able to cancel the installation.

Running 4.2.0.187, in case the build numbers matter.
 
 
+1 #6 lucas1024 2011-05-26 13:30
What is Asterisk?
 

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