Can I control which applications connect to Skype for Windows desktop?

It’s easy to control which applications can connect to Skype for Windows desktop.

Applications connect to Skype for Windows desktop via the Skype Desktop API. When an application, such as Microsoft Outlook or Bluetooth device driver, tries to connect to Skype for Windows desktop using the Skype Desktop API, you will be alerted and asked to approve or deny the connection. In addition, you can also specify which programs are allowed to access Skype for Windows desktop:

  1. Sign in to Skype.
  2. In the Tools menu, click Options...
  3. Under Advanced, click Manage other programs’ access to Skype.
  4. Select the application and click Change to control the application’s access, or click Remove to remove the application from the list.
  5. Click Ok.

Note: As communicated in this blog post, due to technology improvements we are making to the Skype experience, some features of the API will stop working with Skype for desktop. For example, delivery of chat messages using the API will cease to work. However, we will be extending support for two of the most widely used features – call recording and compatibility with hardware devices – until we determine alternative options or retire the current solution.

These changes to the Desktop API will not impact any core Skype features, and your Skype for desktop clients will continue to be supported as we release new features and improvements to enhance your Skype experiences.

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