Skype, which was recently sold by eBay to VC firms Silver Lake Partners, Andreessen Horowitz and Index Ventures, has announced that it is killing its Developer Program. The program, called “Extras,” allows third-party developers to build applications, both hardware and software, on top of Skype.
The company, which was valued at $2.75 billion during the deal, says that the program wasn’t gaining much traction amongst the developer community to maintain the “Extras” platform, which was launched in June of 2007. According to a blog post on the company’s site, Skype will no longer certify new applications but existing applications will be able to work until their expiration dates.
Skype also said that it will continue to support accessories via its public API, and the Skype shop will feature existing “Extras.” It’s always a sad day when a tech company as large as Skype cuts out the developer ecosystem. Third-party developers are a crucial part of any product, and it’s a shame that Skype couldn’t figure out a efficient way to engage developers. However, there is a small light at the end of the tunnel. Skype ended the announcement with this line: “We still believe there are opportunities for third-party developers to enhance the Skype experience. We’ll keep you posted.”