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Skype Certification Guru John Hammink Interviewed by Share Skype

Posted: 2005-10-18
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John Hammink, the Skype program manager for the Skype certification program is interviewed by Share Skype to find out more about the certification process and the benefits from getting Skype hardware certified.

Share Skype, the new Skype blog at Skype.com, interviewed the Skype logo certification programme architect and technical lead, John Hammink. The interview was published today in Windows Media Player video format.

John Hammink describes his role "mainly as an analytical lead", collecting and putting together the requirements for the ideal Skype user experience. The need for certification by Skype is both legal and ethical, the Skype logo certifies the integrity of the Skype brand. This means that any Skype user buying some hardware carrying the Skype logo, can be sure that he or she can take the product out of the box and that it will work.

In turn, being certified to carry the Skype logo, manufacturers products are assisted in their marketing as the Skype logo is a recognised brand that works well with Skype.

John Hammink says that the first thing any vendor or manufacturer needs to do if they want to produce a product for use with Skype and have it certified, is to study the requirements that have to be met for certification. He said these requirements are very much driven by the vendors, so if they feel a requirement is unreasonable, they should inform Skype as they may be able to influence changes in the certification programme.

John Hammink said that out of 130 requests Skype has certified a little more than 60 solutions. "The goal is to get everyone through the pipeline. Our goal is not to fail people and then we say good bye forever. Our goal is that if someone fails we deliver a comprehensive test results page, with the requirements that failed, and it is up to the vendor then to fix those or to make a case to Skype as to why they shouldn't adhere to those requirements."

There is also a pre-certification possibility where products that are not ready receive suggestions from Skype on how to make it ready.

In the interview, John Hammink shows a couple of devices that had been certified in the past, and said that his own personal favourite product are the products from VOIPvoice.

He also said that some vendors had submitted products which rang when Skype was set to DND "Do Not Disturb" mode! He said that as a result one of the first things he checks for phones submitted to the Skype certification programme is if they ring when in DND mode, and if so, they are usually failed outright as it shows that some vendors have not made sufficient effort to ensure their products correctly work with Skype.

Those who wish to find out more about certification are directed to share.skype.com where further details about the certification programme are available in the Developers area of the web site.

You can see the full video interview via the link below:
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