No more Skype-control through Internet Explorer
For quite some time now the Skype-control pages I created in the past (Skype Rich Mood editor and Skype Contacts Overview) have been broken for recent versions of Internet Explorer and Skype. But because of my occupation for University until now I had no time to have a deeper look into that issue. Today I decided to change that and fix the functionality again.
Sadly I had to come to the conclusion, that access to Skype from within the web browser is permanently impossible and most probably won't change in the future. The main reason behind this is because Skype changed the application so that its Skype API does not communicate with Internet Explorer anymore.
Since the Skype4COM interface refuses to connect to the Internet Explorer only one possible workaround would be to write a custom application or ActiveX object which is able to communicate with Skype and load this one into the Internet Explorer instead. In fact, that's probably the way how kiwik.im works, as you have to install a desktop application to make the homepage be able to work with your Skype client.
Nevertheless I refrain from following that same path as I personally don't want people to have to install some black-box application from someone they don't know (and trust) and grant it access to probably very sensitive data. Furthermore it would be a waste of time as there are already applications available which provide that functionality and more in a more convenient way.
Maybe sometime in the future I will have another take at it and try to find a more convenient workaround (maybe something possible with another technique available in IE like Java, VB, ...) but for now my browser Skype projects are not in working state and just kept for historical reference.