Skype protocol cracked, alternative client coming?
A Chinese company claims it has reverse-engineered the Skype protocol
and is developing an alternative client, Charlie Paglee from the VoIPWiki blog reports.
Paglee says he received a Skype call from a Chinese friend who claimed
to not be using the Skype client to talk to him. The Chinese contact
then provided a screenshot of what appears to be a third-party Skype
client in the early stages of development. According to Paglee, the
contact works for a Chinese company that is actively developing a
full-blown alternative to Skype's main client.
At present [the Chinese developers] only support placing Skype
peer-to-peer phone calls and they have not yet implemented presence.
They have plans to add presence, instant messaging, and a host of other
features. Their end goal is to create a client 100% compatible with
Skype. They sent me a screen shot of their software ... and my IP
address was 100% correct.
A screenshot with an IP address is hardly evidence enough to prove the
client's existence, but speculation about the validity of these claims
may prove short-lived. Paglee was told by his contact that the Chinese
company is working "night and day" on a demo version of the software,
and that this demo is scheduled for a release "before the end of
August." Thanks to Ars
for the tip.