SkypeOut call-forwarding among new Skype APIs now in lab

On the new Skype Developer blog, Skype's platform strategy manager Lenn Pryor notes some Skype API projects in the lab.These are:Call Forwarding.

On the new Skype Developer blog, Skype's platform strategy manager Lenn Pryor notes some Skype API projects in the lab.

These are:

  • Call Forwarding. "You will soon be able to forward all incoming Skype calls to any other Skype out number. Call forwarding may be controlled through the Skype client or through the Skype API."
  • Application to Application Messaging. "App2App messaging will offer new ways for applications to communicate with each other over the Skype network. This communication will be secure, efficient and also masked to so as not to impact the User experience." Lenn says he hopes app-to-app messaging "will help open the door to a new breed of networked Skype applications such as games, expressive messaging and collaboration tools.
  • Web Presence API. "It has been clear for a while that there is an enormous demand for an extended presence service which will allow web sites to publish the presence status of participating users."
  • Lenn says that Skype's "new Web presence API will do just that. The presence servers will sit at the heart of the Skype network for maximum performance and scalability. Users will be given a new configuration option within their profiles to allow their presence to be visible to anyone."
  • Extensible profiles. Lenn says that Skype "will be supporting new methods for adding and storing extended user defined fields within the Skype user profile. These fields may be private or public and amongst other things can be used to exchange configuration information in support of application messaging. "
  • Enhanced Skype UI control. We learn from Lenn that the Skype API "will have better hooks for opening and closing windows, tabs and dialogs as used by the Skype client."
  • Improved Searching. Finally, Lenn reveals that the Search process for finding Skype users will get a "radical overhaul" that "will lead to several performance and quality enhancements."

These sound useful to me. What do you think? TalkBack and let us know.