Microsoft will discontinue version 4.3 of Skype for Linux next month

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Microsoft will be killing the classic version of Skype for Linux on July 1st. In order to keep using it, Linux users will have to move to the new Electron-based app.

Remembering the classic Skype for Linux

The traditional Skype for Linux is at version 4.3, the latest version of using the peer-to-peer protocol support. Microsoft will soon drop server-side support for all older Skype clients that use the P2P protocol to establish connections between clients.

This version of Skype already has some issues with the current modern Skype clients including the web version of Skype and the new Skype for Linux.

Get the new version 5.2 of Skype

Microsoft offers Linux users a brand new Skype app, a web application created with its own Electron engine. This app will not be compatible with older versions of Skype but will work with all modern releases of the application available on other platforms.

On the official download page of Skype for Linux, there is a particular note stating that all Skype for Linux clients at version 4.3 and older versions of Skype will retire starting July 1, 2017. Users who want to keep chatting are asked to install the latest version of Skype for Linux.

You can install the latest version of Skype from the official page and you’ll be able to enjoy the following features: messaging, voice calls, video calls, group video calls, pictures, file sharing and translating calls and messages.

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