Microsoft recently bought over Skype for a very large sum of $8.5 billion. It even had some experts claiming that Microsoft might have paid a little too much for it. Asterisk, an open source communication software for PCs that used traditional phone lines also had support for Skype’s online internet voice service. This means that new Asterisk users will no longer be able to connect to the Skype service.
Also blocks Fring and Nimbuzz
According to experts, Skype has decided against renewing its contract with Asterix. A customized version of the Skype client was designed specifically for the use with the Asterisk PBX system. Existing users should be able to use the Asterisk till around 2013. The Asterisk-Skype functionality was something that had been around a fairly long time. Skype has disabled support for the Asterisk platform. It claims that the disabling of the service had nothing to do with the recent Microsoft takeover. Asterisk, however, isn’t the only victim. Skype had also blocked Fring and Nimbuzz, both all-in-one instant messengers for the mobile, in the past.
Source: The Inquirer