Skype for Business App SDK is now Generally Available
The Skype for Business App SDK is now out of Public Preview and is officially Generally Available. The SDK was first announced at Build 2016 and is targeted at enabling mobile application developers to embed Skype for Business functionality. At that time and now also, the focus is on “remote advisor” scenarios where the mobile application is connecting to a conference as a user.
This announcement was somewhat hidden in another announcement about Virtual Healthcare templates which I’ve previously blogged about.
There aren’t any significant changes as the SDK moved from Preview to GA other than changes to licensing. There is now a new license agreement to reflect that the license is now GA, and a new End User License Terms document. Both are bundled in the download for each of the mobile applications flavours that are available (iOS and Android). However, this is an important change for companies that want to use a fully supported product and marks an important milestone in the history of the SDK.
For the very latest information, there is a new permalink for the latest release notes on GitHub: https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/skype/appsdk/releasenotes. This also details the server requirements.
Both mobile application packages come with sample code, in the form of a banking app for iOS and a healthcare app for Android. These demonstrate the ability to anonymously join a Skype for Business conference from a third party mobile application using native code.