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August 31, 2005 03:00 ET

Skype Partners Create More Than 400 Products; Skype Developer Competition Awards First Prize to Jyve Plugin

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Skype, the pioneering Global Internet Communications Company which makes it possible for anyone with an Internet conncetion to make free high-quality phone calls, has awarded Jyve the first prize in Skype's hotly-contested first developer competition. More than 100 developers entered the competition, which was open to Skype's thriving community of partners and independent developers. More than 400 hardware and software products that integrate with Skype's rich features have already been developed by Skype's expanding network of partners.

"I'm thrilled to congratulate Jyve for winning our developer competition," said Niklas Zennstrom, Skype CEO and co-founder. "The competition was fierce and we are so excited by the creativity of the developer community, and can't wait to work more with this ever expanding network of partners. We also want to give special mention to Khaos Labs, Columbus CRM, Iskoot, Audiomatic and SalesForce.com for their outstanding products."

Jyve won the top award of 2,000 Euros for a plugin that lets webmasters enable Skype and call forwarding, presence, browser synchronization and auto-responding features on their sites. Khaos Labs received a special mention for its Free ActiveS COM wrapper, which has been used by numerous other developers to help build a range of Skype Extras, which are readily available for download from the Skype Developer Zone. The Skype's Developers' Competition was launched on April 26.

Skype's Thriving Developer Zone

The Skype Developer Zone is a resource for developers interested in working with Skype's Application Programming Interface (APIs), which is available for Windows, Mac, and Linux.

Skype's APIs have been integrated into a wide range of community, enterprise, entertainment and productivity products, as well as hundreds of hardware products and services. Some of the highlights include:

-- Hardware - Siemens and RTX cordless phones

-- Software - such as Skype virtual business cards, ways to listen to your mp3 collections, and personal assistants

In addition, Skype announced last week its Open Web program and the availability of its SkypeWeb and SkypeNet APIs to enable developers to plug Skype's instant messaging and presence into their websites and software applications.

Creation of Platform Advisory Council

To support and steer its platform development, Skype has formed a Platform Advisory Council. The Council currently has 15 members, which are drawn from some of the best and brightest of the Skype developer community, both partners and individuals.

"Skype's Platform Advisory Council is a group of trusted partners who are willing to share their knowledge of the industry and provide Skype with feedback on our plan for the industry," said Lenn Pryor, Skype Developer Platform Manager. "Thanks to them, we will be able to have more visibility on how we can positively impact our developer community, and we take their advice and implement it into our roadmap. We are honored to have people of this caliber willing to share their time and energy to help us shape our future."

SkypeDay and SkypeNight Partner Events

To support the interest in its Developer Program, Skype is holding a series of partner events around the world where its growing community of partners and developers can get together to learn more about the on the latest opportunities for working with Skype. The next in this series of worldwide events will be held September 22 in Palo Alto, California, October 12 in London, England and November 7 in Tokyo, Japan.

Partners can also visit the Skype Developer Zone at http://share.skype.com/sdp.

About Skype Technologies S.A.:

Skype, the Global Internet Communications Company™, allows people everywhere to make free, unlimited, superior quality voice calls via its award-winning innovative peer-to-peer software for Windows, Linux, Mac OS X, and Pocket PC platforms. Skype is available in 27 languages and is the fastest growing voice communications offering worldwide. Since its launch in August 2003, Skype has been downloaded more than 155 million times in 225 countries and territories. Over 52 million people registered to use Skype's free services, with over 3 million simultaneous users. Skype has more than 2 million premium customers, with over 12 billion minutes served. Skype Technologies S.A. is headquartered in Luxembourg and is growing its offices in London and Tallinn. Skype Technologies is privately held and backed by top tier international venture capital firms, including Bessemer Venture Partners, Draper Fisher Jurvetson, Index Ventures, and Mangrove Capital Partners.

www.skype.com

Notes to Editor:

The following showcase products that were finalists in the Skype Developer Competition, as well as highlight the range of commercial and non-commercial developer partners, such as call forwarding, CRM integration, video, voicemail, expressive content, personal assistants, integration with mp3s and collaboration tools. Partner quotes are also provided below.

Jybe, a simple and easy to use tool for sharing office documents and enabling real time collaboration over he web with Skype contacts.

http://www.jybe.com

Dial Mp3, which allows you to listen to any mp3 in your collection on your phone.

http://www.voxu.com/projects/DialMP3/

Pamela Basic, a personal assistant for Skype that answers calls and chats for you in 32 languages when you are away.

http://www.pamela-systems.com

Gizmoz, which lets all Skype users communicate with animated, 3D talking headz.:

http://www.gizmoz.com

Yabber Nut Answer Machine for Skype, which offers voicemail, delayed messaging and allows you to receive and send messages when away from the computer.

Spontania Video4IM, a high-quality video solution

http://www.video4im.com

Commercial Mentions:

-- Columbus CRM (Skype integration with CRM solution)

-- ISkoot (free call forwarding)

-- Audiomatic (voice activated macros including Skype commands)

-- SalesForce CRM integration

"Incorporating Skype with Jybe enabled us to bring voice and presence awareness to our collaboration product quickly and easily though the use of a well documented API," said Andrew Hansen, Jybe.com

"It's a revolution to have Skype services with Dopod hand-set. From now on the whole world can talk for free without boundary. Being a smart phone brand, Dopod is glad to have Skype as a close partner, our cooperation will break all rules of telecommunication industry," said Jack Tong, Dopod.

I found the Skype API to be very well documented. For a developer, that is crucial. I was able to get the job done fast and well because I didn't have to guess, it's an open book," said Steve Buikhuizen, SalesForce.

"Communication costs have always been an issue with business; how to be more personable and still enhance profitability. Columbus CRM Partner has been taking advantage of the Skype API to build better communication bridges between SuperOffice CRM users and their customers, prospects, business partners and team mates. Together with Skype, we are making a much needed impact on the commercial landscape" said Robert, Columbus CRM.

"We have had a terrific experience working with the Skype API. Skype is the clear market leader for voice-chat and their open approach has enabled us to bring our mobile-to-PC solution to market sooner and with more impact than we imagined. Skype is blazing a trial and through its Developers Program, inviting companies like ours to build successful businesses that bring maximum benefit to Skype's tremendous community of users," said Jacob Guedalia CEO, iSkoot.

"Working on the ActiveS library has given me the opportunity to collaborate with some great people, especially the guys at KhaosLabs and Skype. To me, one of Skype's biggest attractions is its commitment to third-party developers. I enjoy playing a roll in helping people extend and add value to Skype," said Jason Terando, ActiveS.

"Having worked on consumer VoIP solutions since 1999, without much demand, partnering with Skype literally from day one (we started working with Skype mid-2003), has brought us the demand we were looking for. We have continued to work with Skype over the last 2 years and have enjoyed watching user numbers across the world grow at a phenomenal rate. The people at Skype are a pleasure to work with, and with their support and evolving feature set, we have succeeded in making a place in the market for consumer internet telephony hardware. We look forward to continuing to work along side them and develop new products with cool features that delight our customers," said David Holder, VoIPVoice.

"Because the Internet Phone Wizard is a unique product bridging regular phones with Skype, we were really pushing the envelope on third-party developer capabilities of Skype. Our development team was very pleased with the ease of technical integration and we were able to bring the product to market in a short time," said Gunjan Bhow, Actiontec Electronics.

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