Skype for Asterisk will not be available for sale or activation after July 26, 2011.
Skype for Asterisk was developed by Digium in cooperation with Skype. It includes proprietary software from Skype that allows Asterisk to join the Skype network as a native client. Skype has decided not to renew the agreement that permits us to package this proprietary software. Therefore Skype for Asterisk sales and activations will cease on July 26, 2011.
Now a good debunking requires a common frame of reference, so a short background on SFA. The Digium Alliance partnership was announced in 2008, and SFA was in beta in 2009. It was a pretty ingenious concept, connect Skype to a PBX. Prior attempts at this were all miserable – take a look at VoSKY. But what was really cool about SFA was it was more than basic voice. SFA provided bi-directional integration with Skype that included presence and SkypeName dialing. No other solution had or has done this with Skype.
While SFA was still in beta, Skype launched Skype for SIP. Evidently, Skype liked the idea of connecting to a PBX – at least its voice services. Skype for SIP, looked to the PBX like a SIP voice trunk, the lowest common denominator of VoIP – simple and cheap to implement. The service initially launched on ShoreTel systems. Support for several additional systems and gateways including Avaya, Cisco, and SIPFoundry followed – but never for Asterisk.