Skype has launched an online App Directory to offer an easy way to find third-party applications that integrate with the VoIP firm's messaging and video calling service.
The App Directory contains just 23 apps at present for the Windows and Mac platforms, ranging from free to $350 and providing functionality such as call recording and desktop sharing.
The store can be searched by language, keyword, cost, platform and app name. Skype does not directly sell the apps, but directs customers to the relevant developer web site or app store.
The unveiling of the directory comes on the same day as Microsoft confirmed that forthcoming Windows Phone 7 devices will feature front-facing cameras and support for Skype via the Mango update.
Earlier this week, Skype announced plans to acquire group messaging firm GroupMe to extend the firm's cross-platform communications portfolio to cover voice, video and text. GroupMe allows subscribers to message multiple contacts for free, similar to RIM's BlackBerry Messenger, and works on iOS, Android and Windows Phone 7 handsets.
Rounding off a busy August, Skype also extended the Skype Wi-Fi network to Apple's iOS platform, allowing iPhone and iPad users to connect with Skype's hotspot data and calling network.
Skype is offering client software for the service as a free download from the App Store, and customers can sign in with their normal Skype credentials.
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