Before this happens, it would be best for users on the Linux OS to download the beta version of Skype for Linux 5.0. It’s available in both DEB and RPM package formats for a variety of Linux distribution. The DEB package has been tested on Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu Gnome 16.04, and Debian 8.5. The RPM package has been tested on Fedora 23, OpenSuse KDE 13.2, and OpenSuse Leap 42.1 KDE.
It’s currently only a 64-bit package, and 32-bit Linux distributions aren’t supported.
Skype has now reached over 300 million users around the world! It’s comforting that Microsoft has taken into account the importance of the Linux desktop. Ubuntu remains the main player in this field, with 80% share in the Linux desktop market.
According to Skype, they have added the following in addition to performance improvements and bug fixes:
- Calling updates: Calls to mobiles and landlines with Skype credit, one-to-one video calls can be made from Linux to Skype users on the latest versions of Skype for Android, iOS, Windows, and Mac.
- Better collaboration: Linux users can now view shared screens from other Skype desktop clients (Windows 7.33 and above, Mac 7.46 and above).
- Usability improvements: Unity launcher now shows the number of unread conversations, online contacts in contact list now include Away and Do Not Disturb statuses.
You can download Skype for Linux Beta version 5.0 by visiting skype.com/download.