Announcement from "Mr JP Rangaswami (Managing Director, Strategy & Innovation, BT Design)
Dear Web21C SDK Developer,
BT has consistently supported the vision of an open, programmable telephony platform through its investment in its award winning Web21C SDK initiative. BT's vision has been to enable global innovation by giving software developers the tools they need to creatively embed voice into high-value business and personal processes through software applications. BT's goal has been to enable developers to build communications solutions that our customers want and need, as they define them, today and into the future.
Supporting our vision and goal, BT announced on 29 July that it acquired Ribbit Corporation (www.ribbit.com), underpinning our ongoing commitment and belief that voice can be integrated, personalised and monetised by developers everywhere for both enterprises and consumers, bringing to life new ideas, new experiences and new business models.
Complementing the server side tools provided by our Web21C SDK, Ribbit brings a host of client side features that will enable you to bring together voice calling and Web 2.0 experiences, turning voice into a rich feature that can be added to any application, on any device.
Ribbit's client-based API is currently based on Adobe Flash and Flex components and libraries. This API allows a web programmer or designer to access Ribbit's capabilities directly through a web page in a browser or in the case of Adobe's AIR technology, as a entirely standalone application. Ribbit is also in the process of extending its client-based APIs to Microsoft's .NET/Silverlight and Sun's JavaFX.
For more information on Ribbit's current set of APIs, which include, calling, the ability to play and record audio files and phrases, transcription of voice, access to directory listings, the ability to create, provision, and access user data and many, many more, go to http://developer.ribbit.com
We are also in the process of migrating the Web21C SDK into Ribbit, providing you with the same server-side APIs which allow machine-to-machine communication. Supporting this migration, Ribbit will provide a REST-based API in December 2008. On top of this API, Ribbit or third parties can add numerous server language bindings including Python, Perl, Java, Ruby, and others.
To ensure a smooth transition and to focus on efforts on providing you with the REST API as soon as possible, we will be suspending the Web21C SDK platform at 12:00 pm GMT on Friday, 10 October.
In the meantime, come and play at Ribbit! If you haven't already, go to http://developer.ribbit.com and sign up for a developer account, giving you immediate access to all the benefits already shared by the over 6,000 Ribbit developer community members including comprehensive documentation and code samples to help you "Ribbitize" your application!
As a member, you'll be able to create and share your Ribbit applications, get feedback from other developers and see what others are building. You'll also be able to participate in the community forums, where you'll receive first hand support from the Ribbit team. Additional support can be found at email@example.com. Contact us with your questions and we will be happy to address your needs and get you coding with Ribbit!
We look forward to enhancing your development efforts with Ribbit and we would like to thank you and your involvement with the Web21C SDK. We are excited about the opportunities ahead and look forward to your continued support during this transition, as we continue to provide you with more tools to allow you to innovate with voice and communications.
Managing Director, Strategy & Innovation, BT Design