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Old 07-13-2016, 01:53 PM   #1
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New Skype for Linux Alpha and calling on Chrome & Chromebooks

We want to make it easy for anyone to connect on Skype. Today, we’re pleased to announce the launch of the Alpha version of a new Skype for Linux client, reaffirming our commitment to the Linux community.

Please join at 14:00 UTC (7 AM PDT) today, as we’ll be hosting a 2 hour Q&A between Linux users and our engineering team to welcome Skype for Linux Alpha. The new version of Skype for Linux is a brand new client using WebRTC, the launch of which ensures we can continue to support our Linux users in the years to come.

As you may have guessed by the name, Skype for Linux Alpha is not a fully functioning Skype client as of yet. We’re sharing it with you now as we want to get it in your hands as soon as possible, so we can continue to develop the new version together. Once you’ve downloaded the app, you’ll notice that it’s very different to the Skype for Linux client you use today. For example, you’ll be using the latest, fastest and most responsive Skype UI, so you can share files, photos, videos and a whole new range of new emoticons with your friends.

A couple of months ago, we announced plugin free calling using ORTC on Skype for Web, Outlook and Office Web Apps using Microsoft Edge. ORTC makes it possible to make free voice and video calls on Skype without needing to download an app or browser plug in – so it’s really easy to get started on Skype.

Today, anyone using a Chromebook or Chrome on Linux can now visit and make one-to-one and group voice calls on top of the messaging features they get today. 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. 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.
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Do any LQ members still use Skype on Linux?



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