Skype vs TokBox
Last updated: June 05, 2019
Skype is a software application that allows users to make voice and video calls and chats over the Internet. Calls to other users within the Skype service are free, while calls to both traditional landline telephones and mobile phones can be made for a fee using a debit-based user account system. Skype has also become popular for its additional features which include instant messaging, file transfer, and videoconferencing. Skype alternative for enterprise is called Skype for Business. Secure Skype alternatives are Signal and Telegram.
TokBox provides a free API that allows anyone to add group video chat features to their own websites. Experienced programmers use the OpenTok API to build custom interactive video chat applications. More casual users can download OpenTok plug-n-play apps that provide the same group video chat capability when users drop them into their personal blogs or websites.
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2011 - Skype as a Service - mission impossible to keep up with TokBox
A couple of years ago, the IT world was excited with the idea of using Skype as a service - when any application, web-service, mobile client and any device could "talk" via Skype's network. This dream in theory came true last year when the SkypeKit SDK was launched in the closed beta. However, during the whole year SkypeKit SDK was actually used only by the couple of TV manufacturers and (perhaps) for Facebook integration. Earlier this month SkypeKit SDK was opened to all comers, but we still haven't seen any boom of new Skype-applications. And this time noone can blame Microsoft.
The dream of Skype as a Service has crashed against the license agreement of SkypeKit SDK. First, in order to distribute Skype-powered app the developer needs to pass the certification test which costs $4000 and if it fails, the next test will cost the same amount. But it's not the worst.
Using SkypeKit SDK is not allowed for Web applications, servers, enterprise applications, mobile phones and tablets. Even developing a desktop application you can't feel secure. The License Agreement does not give the clear answer to the question: if the desktop application can work without starting the official Skype client or not. So if Skype doesn't like your app, it will repeat the Fring's case.