A new Skype for Ubuntu… Alpha available now!

Super exciting news for the Ubuntu and Linux community! News has just been announced that the Alpha version of a new Skype for Linux has been launched!

A brand new WebRTC version of Skype for Linux will be available from today which will allow continued support for the Ubuntu users for years to come. Skype for Linux Alpha is not a fully functioning Skype client yet but will be with users soon. It’s pretty different to the Skype for Linux you use today as the UI is faster and more responsive plus you can share files, photos and videos, and even send a whole new range of new emoticons! Download the app here.


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The Alpha version of Skype for Linux uses the next generation of calling architecture, which allows you to call your friends and family on the latest versions of Skype on Windows, Mac, iOS and Android. However, you won’t be able to make or receive calls to and from the previous versions of Skype for Linux (4.3.0.37).


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We’re thrilled by this news as Skype reaches over 300 million users around the world! Today’s news shows the strength and importance of the Linux desktop and also Ubuntu as the main player in this field, with 80% share in the Linux desktop market.

Head over to Skype’s Community page to find out more here.

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