After a lot of complaints about Skype on Linux, Microsoft is finally done something about it, #launching a #newversion. Today an Alpha version was announced which Linux users can #download right now in a DEB or RPM package.
This new Skype app on Linux includes all of the basic features, but is not yet fully functional. Microsoft did redesign the user interface to provide a faster and more responsive experience, which was one of the main issues with the predecessor on Linux. Additionally, the new app also features the basic features such as sharing files, photos, videos, send emojis, etc. But things like Settings and further configuration is somewhat limited.
However, it also appears Microsoft is just using Skype Web on the Linux app, which is the same as what users get on the web. In this blog post, Microsoft stated:
“Today, we’re pleased to announce the launch of the Alpha version of a new Skype for Linux client. As you may have guessed by the name, Skype for Linux Alpha is not a fully functioning Skype client yet. We’re sharing it with you now, as we want to get it in your hands as soon as possible. Once you’ve downloaded the app, you’ll notice that it’s very different from the Skype for Linux client you use today. For example, you’ll be using the latest, fast and responsive Skype UI, you can share files, photos and videos and send a whole new range of new emoticons.
As we develop this new version of Skype for Linux, we need you to test, provide feedback and help us prioritize features. You will notice that with the Alpha version of Skype for Linux, which uses our next generation calling architecture, you will be able to call your friends and family on the latest versions of Skype on Windows, Mac, iOS and Android, but you won’t be able to make or receive calls to and from the previous versions of Skype for Linux (126.96.36.199). Please do provide as much feedback as you can on Skype for Linux Alpha, so we can continue to improve call connections and reliability.”
Also announced, support for voice calls for Chromebook and Linux users now. Bui if you are a gamer that uses Skype over say the experimental Discord or even Teamspeak, download Skype for Linux Alpha DEB here or Skype for Linux Alpha RPM here.