Skype's SDK bringing VoIP to any software, electronics

Skype is releasing a software developer kit that will give programmers the tools to place Skype's VoIP features in any app or connected device.

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If you're Skype, there's no such thing as being too ubiquitous.

On Wednesday, the VoIP calling company will start making its new SkypeKit software developer kit (SDK) available for download. SkypeKit will give programmers tools (APIs, specifically) for placing Skype modules like voice and video calling, and instant messaging, into any desktop app or compatible Internet-connected electronic device running Linux. 

SkypeKit will start off as an invitation-only beta, but developers can nonetheless request an invite. The SDK comes to device-makers on Wednesday and to Windows and Mac developers "in the next few weeks."

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Jessica Dolcourt reviews smartphones and cell phones, covers handset news, and pens the monthly column Smartphones Unlocked. A senior editor, she started at CNET in 2006 and spent four years reviewing mobile and desktop software before taking on devices.