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Microsoft Launches Brand New Skype For Linux Alpha

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But Skype warns Linux users it’s far from ready, as it needs feedback to help develop a better client

Microsoft’s Skype has launched a WebRTC Alpha of a brand new Skype for Linux client, but has warned that it is not a “fully functioning” application just yet.

The core Skype for Linux client had not been updated since June 2014, with Linux users frustrated at the lack of support for their platform.

Skype Linux Help

But today Skype said it wants Linux users to get their hands on the new client as soon as possible, so it can continue to develop the version with their help and input. The Alpha will showcase the latest, fastest and most responsive Skype UI, so users can share files, photos, videos and new emoticons, the Microsoft unit said.

But it pleaded with users in a blog post today, asking for help in developing the Skype for Linux experience.

“We can only get better with your feedback,” said Skype.

medium (1)“As we develop this new version of Skype for Linux, we need you to test, provide feedback and help us prioritise 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 (4.3.0.37).

“Please do provide here on the Linux board as much feedback as you can on Skype for Linux Alpha, so we can continue to improve call quality and reliability. And please make sure to use the label ‘LinuxAlpha’ so we can easily collect the feedback from the board.”

Chrome

Skype also pandered to Chromebook and Chrome on Linux users today, making one-to-one and group voice calls available to the platforms on top of the messaging features they already get.

But this feature is not available in the client, rather users have to visit web.skype.com to use the service.

“This again is an alpha version of Skype based on WebRTC and inherits the same features of the Alpha version of the Skype for Linux client,” Skype said.

“This is our initial step on our path to replicate ORTC capabilities beyond Microsoft Edge. As such, we want to hear feedback to help us deliver more excitement in the upcoming months.

Video calling and calls to landlines and mobiles are coming soon to Chrome browsers in Linux and Chromebooks, so stay tuned to the Skype blog for upcoming updates.”

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