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Skype Desktop API being discontinued #233

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GoogleCodeExporter opened this issue Mar 13, 2015 · 10 comments
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Skype Desktop API being discontinued #233

GoogleCodeExporter opened this issue Mar 13, 2015 · 10 comments
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@GoogleCodeExporter GoogleCodeExporter commented Mar 13, 2015

The Desktop API for Skype is scheduled to be discontinued (see 
http://blogs.skype.com/2013/11/06/feature-evolution-and-support-for-the-skype-de
sktop-api/ ), and since the skype4pidgin plugin relies (as far as I'm aware) on 
this API to implement its functionality, the plugin will probably stop working 
once the plug is pulled on Skype's API.

Sadly, the only "fix" I see for this issue is a replacement of Skype API calls 
with Skype packets constructed by a reverse engineered model of the protocol.  
That's less of a "fix", though, and more of a "do everything over from scratch, 
but on 'impossibly hard' mode this time" task.

(Eion, thanks for making the plugin.  I've been a user of it for many years, 
and I immensely appreciate having had it for that time.)

Original issue reported on code.google.com by redyoshi49q on 30 Dec 2013 at 7:11

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@GoogleCodeExporter GoogleCodeExporter commented Mar 13, 2015

Yep, just keep using an old version of the Skype client and you should be good

Original comment by eionrobb on 30 Dec 2013 at 8:18

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@GoogleCodeExporter GoogleCodeExporter commented Mar 13, 2015

It says in the article that chat would cease to function, although it wasn't 
clear whether or not that was due to skypekit in the new versions no longer 
being supported, or if they're making a change server-side to intentionally 
break skypekit.

Original comment by dae...@gmail.com on 30 Dec 2013 at 1:28

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@GoogleCodeExporter GoogleCodeExporter commented Mar 13, 2015

Just read from the main.db sqlite generates and push it into pidgin..........

Original comment by DXZtaur...@gmail.com on 16 May 2014 at 8:51

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@GoogleCodeExporter GoogleCodeExporter commented Mar 13, 2015

Just a status update for you Linux users, even in the latest version of Skype 
there is still no removal of the API and this plugin works the way it has with 
older versions of Skype. Let's hope it stays this way...


For Windows users, you're probably screwed as the Skype teams seems to be 
making older versions obsolete now.

Original comment by xylem2...@gmail.com on 24 Jun 2014 at 2:44

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@GoogleCodeExporter GoogleCodeExporter commented Mar 13, 2015

As a new user of Skype and a long time fan and user of Pidgin, this saddens me 
deeply. The Pidgin UI is much better and much more customizable and extensible. 
So once a protocol is integrated into Pidgin, you can basically do what you 
want which is why I loved it so much even if I needed the Skype app to be open 
on the client-side).


Original comment by p...@catchyour.com on 12 Jul 2014 at 8:29

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@GoogleCodeExporter GoogleCodeExporter commented Mar 13, 2015

I've been using Skype 6.11.0.102 (an old version) to maintain compatibility 
with Pidgin.  As expected, I've been getting periodic "You should upgrade!" 
notices from Skype.  Recently, I've gotten a new banner at the top of the Skype 
window:

    Important Update - Your version of Skype will soon be retired. Please update today or learn more.

The "learn more" text links to https://support.skype.com/en/faq/FA34438/ .  It 
seems, as xylem2 as said, that Skype will soon forcibly impose an update on 
users of the old version of Skype.


I presume the newest version of Skype does not support the Desktop API; is 
anybody able to confirm this?

Original comment by redyoshi49q on 20 Jul 2014 at 7:55

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@GoogleCodeExporter GoogleCodeExporter commented Mar 13, 2015

It just forced me to install 6.18.60.105 because it said it signed me out due 
to having an old version. So far, it still seems to be working with Pidgin. Is 
there a long term plan for this project when they turn off the API? I will be 
really sad if I have to use the actual Skype program.

Original comment by cben...@gmail.com on 22 Jul 2014 at 7:26

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@GoogleCodeExporter GoogleCodeExporter commented Mar 13, 2015

Hmm, it still works for me even after the (forced) upgrade of Skype to 4.3 
(Linux version).
Guess SkypeKit is still there. I wonder when it'll break...

Original comment by paintitg...@gmail.com on 5 Aug 2014 at 10:52

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@GoogleCodeExporter GoogleCodeExporter commented Mar 13, 2015

Perhaps the dev could post a guide on how to forcefully downgrade your skype 
installation to a version that works with libskype on Windows.

Original comment by tn5...@gmail.com on 15 Sep 2014 at 1:51

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@Zensin Zensin commented Apr 26, 2015

I'm running the latest skype on windows and it's still working for me.

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