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Skype for Linux Alpha and calling on Chrome & Chromebooks

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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.


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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.


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Help us develop the new Skype for Linux experience


We can only get better with your feedback. 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 ( 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.


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But that’s not all!


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.


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.


These are exciting times for the hundreds of millions of people that use Skype on the computer – with the Skype for Universal Windows Platform app Preview well underway for Windows 10 users and our investment in ORTC and WebRTC technology bringing you the very best Skype experience, we’re looking forward to the future!


We’d love your feedback, so please share it with the product team using the label ‘LinuxAlpha’. We’re listening and responding!



Don't miss out on our help article for Skype for Linux Alpha covering available and upcoming features as well as common questions.

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Casual Adventurer

Literally just a worse, closed source version of the free and open source (FOSS) Ghetto Skype! What improvements did we get for sacrificing our FREEDOM! Thieves! Taking all the credit of someone else's hard work!


Next move, sue Ghetto Skype?


How can I:

  • set a proxy
  • specific which microphone and speakers are used
  • display a tray icon
  • share my screen
  • set hot-keys
  • specific a custom track to play for each type of notification
  • execute scripts on notifications (like the previous client)
  • get API access
  • use custom CSS
  • configure call fowarding
  • make video calls

... at least it fixes the group call problem.


I would not use this **** if everyone else would also switch... and it IS happening.


Earlier, I quickly downloaded copies of the previous binary (in .deb and .tar.gz) if anyone needs it.


Finally, learn the definition of Alpha testing. An early test of new or updated software or hardware conducted by the developers or manufacturers prior to beta-testing by potential users.


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Routine Adventurer

Hahahahahahahahahaha. Nice one, so you basically you put skype into a web renderer and release it like an application. Just like Ghetto skype but comming officially from Microsoft as it was the great answer to Linux users prayers. You really have to be kidding. Remove the post about this "alpha", it will be less embarrasing for you. I've just removed the "skypeforlinux" alpha.

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Casual Tourist

Cool, I'll try it out on my Fedora machine. Nice to see Linux get some love. Some will hate it... but they can just not install it lol. 

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Novel Adventurer

When you say 'Not fully functioning', can you say which features are and are not implemented? I appreciate there may be bugs in the features that are implemented - I'd just like to know what's completely missing at this stage.

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Casual Adventurer
I just installed the new version on Fedora 23 and it seems to work, at least with the Skype Echo / Sound Test Service! While I preferred the simpler UI of past versions, I am happy that interop with newer Windows and Mac versions is being worked on for Linux. Keep up the good work!
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Novel Adventurer

Hmm, the skype cant detect my microphone, nor there is an option to select a microphone in the settings. PLEASE HELP

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Casual Tourist

The only thing you've done here of value is make it native to 64bit. The interface is clumsy at best. Options aren't available. Please - why did you bother? Worse - why profess this is something to be excited about? Thanks for the laugh.


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Novel Adventurer

Awesome! Been wishing for an improved Linux client for ages now. Will try this out and provide feedback if there's a way for me to do so.

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You can check the "Available and upcoming features" on our FAQs

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