skype - interact with a running Skype Application (Version 188.8.131.52)SYNOPSIS
[15.9.2017] Even though Microsoft Corporation has officially discontinued the Skype API, it is still available in current versions of the Skype software. Note that Skype login is now via login.live.com and not login.skype.com.
skype [exit | attach]DESCRIPTION
startd skype [attach]
When invoked with no argument, command skype prints version details and status information of the running Skype Tool. Argument attach connects a running Skype Tool to the Skype Application, while argument exit terminates the Skype Tool.
The Skype Tool itself is started as:startd skype [attach]
The start command creates a window within which it runs the Skype Tool.
The Tool then prompts the user for commands and displays asynchronous notifications from the Skype Application in blue text.
The following commands are presently implemented:When invoked as start skype attach, the Tool also attempts to attach to the running Skype Application.quit terminate client exit terminate client caller caller name answer answer the call video video on novideo video off hangup hangup the call help show help web show web help attach attach to Skype API disconnect disconnect from Skype API status show status information clear clear connection All other commands are sent directly to the Skype Application.
If the attach operation was successful, all Skype status messages (asynchronous notifications) are displayed in the window as they become available, and all Skype Public API Commands can be issued.
When the Skype Application receives an incoming call, NAT32 will execute the script file fb_ring, which makes all telephones connected to the FON 1 port of a FritzBox ring. The script file can easily be modified by the user to target other FritzBox devices (e.g. the ISDN, DECT or FON 2 devices). Once the user answers the Skype call, the script fb_hangup will execute and the ringing will cease.
The Skype Application MUST be run at the same privilege level (or higher) as the Skype Tool.ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
In some cases, the Skype Application will prompt the user for permission to attach:
If you ever refuse permission, the Skype Application will note the refusal and deny all further connection attempts. To restore access, run the Skype Application and then navigate to:Tools, Options, Advanced, Manage other programs' access to Skype
A copy of the Skype Public API Version 8 is available here. The command set is extensive and allows almost all actions associated with a Skype call to be carried out.
The software has been tested with a 7390 Fritz Box configured to use password-secured access to its web interface. That password must be specified in the NAT32 fbpwd environment variable.
In its September, 2017 Privacy Statement, Microsoft states that it shares your personal data with these agencies:A9, Oath, AppNexus, Criteo, Facebook, MediaMath, nugg.adAG, Rocket Fuel, Yahoo!
Microsoft also explicitly states that your personal data may be shared with other agencies.
Prudent users will have disabled "automatic" (i.e. hidden) updates for all software (including Windows Update) on their machines. To disable Skype updates, BE SURE this DWORD Registry Value exists and is equal to 1:TIPS and TRICKSHKLM\Software\Policies\Skype\Phone\DisableVersionCheckIf you are ever asked to allow a Skype update, BE SURE to cancel and then delete this file:C:\Users\%USERNAME%\AppData\Local\Temp\SkypeSetup.exe
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