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Skype 2.0 Beta API Released

My first reaction, today, was that I must have been asleep at the wheel.  On January 5th, the Skype 2.0 Beta API was released.  It contains, at long last, the feature many of us have been asking for for months, and that is the ability to redirect a call.  It’s hidden away in the "ALTER CALL" API, but it’s quite clearly there as a feature of the END command. 

ALTER CALL

The ALTER CALL command controls call status.

Syntax

ALTER CALL xxx
  { ANSWER
  | HOLD
  | RESUME
  | HANGUP
  | END { HANGUP | REDIRECT_TO_VOICEMAIL | FORWARD_CALL }
  | DTMF <0|1|..|9|*|#>
  | JOIN_CONFERENCE <callID> }

Version Protocol 5

It seems I am not the only one who was in the dark on this either.  Just last week at ETel I was discussing Skype’s lack of call redirect capability with folks from TellMe, who (like me) were hoping Skype would implement it soon.  And nowhere, on any blog, not even the excellent Skype Journal, was I able to find mention of these APIs. 

Thank you Skype for doing this.  If I may whine just a little… I’d love to be notified when something of this significance ships. 

{ 3 comments… add one }

  • Peter Kalmstr&Atilde January 29, 2006, 11:23 pm

    Hi Alec,
    Regretfully the Forward_Call might not be all that you are looking for. You can only transfer calls which you have not yet answered. The status of the phone call has to be INCOMING.
    This is not call transfer (sending a call already in progress to another) but simply a way to via the API use the existing call forwarding features.
    Sorry about not informing you – we will do our best to promote this feature once we have true call transfer.

  • Alec January 30, 2006, 2:58 am

    Peter, it turns out that this is exactly what I am looking for. I need to be able to redirect an incoming call before it's answered.

    Thanks for the speedy reply!

  • mat taylor February 9, 2006, 6:34 am

    Call forwarding services and API’s have been available since the first 1.4 developer notes were published last October. This API has been suplemented in 2.0 with an Alter Call command, but no new functionality has been added.

    mat

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