In order to connect to Skype, Trillian relies upon an SDK developed by Skype known as “SkypeKit”. Unfortunately, after Microsoft acquired Skype they made the decision to terminate the SkypeKit program, leaving Trillian in a state of limbo in terms of future updates and ongoing support for Skype connectivity. We’ve recently received official confirmation that the SkypeKit program will be winding down at the end of this month, July 2014. Here’s what this means for Trillian users:
1. Importantly, our legal ability to continue to distribute SkypeKit with Trillian is *not* impacted by the termination of the program itself, which means we’re allowed to continue distributing the current version of Trillian with Skype connectivity. We may decide to remove Skype support from a future version of Trillian as more and more customers move to Windows 8.1, where Skype support doesn’t work (see item #3).
2. According to Microsoft, “Key investments in Skype’s application and service architecture may cause the Skype features to stop working without notice in SkypeKit products. As a result, we encourage you to end any further distribution of SkypeKit products.”. This means SkypeKit may brick itself at some point in the future without notice to us, ending Trillian’s ability to connect to Skype.
3. The ongoing compatibility issues with SkypeKit and Windows 8.1 will not be fixed. These issues were never something we could control or address (we don’t have the source code to SkypeKit and can’t make changes or fixes to it), and with the termination of SkypeKit we don’t anticipate any additional development resources being allocated to bugfixes. Some of our more creative users have found workarounds to this issue that involve replacing SkypeKit with an older version, but unfortunately we aren’t able to do this in an official capacity for reasons relating to our legal agreement with Skype.
The bottom line: Skype support in Trillian is likely coming to a close in the (possibly near) future. This is obviously a disappointment for us and for our users and we’ll continue to explore other ways to bring Skype connectivity back to Trillian when the time comes.
In happier news, we have a large batch of updates across almost all platforms nearly ready for everyone to test. We’ll update the blog with more information once the builds are ready for testing.