New Skype Alpha app for Linux now available for download

By: Madeleine Dean
2 minute read

Microsoft has launched a new Skype version for Linux users under the code name Skype Alpha. It includes all the basic Skype functions and a series of interesting improvements. But, while Linux users can already download this version of Skype, it’s not fully functional yet.

The Redmond giant decided to roll out Skype Alpha at this early stage as it wants Linux users to get their hands on it as soon as possible. The tech giant needs Linux users to test the app, provide feedback and help it prioritize features. Skype Alpha is different from today’s Skype version for Linux client users. It has the latest, fastest and most responsive Skype UI, allows users to share files, photos and videos, and send a whole range of new emoticons.

This version of Skype uses Skype’s next generation calling architecture, which means that users will be able to call their friends on the latest versions of Skype on Windows, Mac, iOS and Android, but they won’t be able to make or receive calls to and from the previous versions of Skype for Linux.

And the good news doesn’t end here: Skype Alpha also supports one-to-one and group voice calls for Chromebook or Chrome on Linux:

Today, anyone using a Chromebook or Chrome on Linux can now visit web.skype.com 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 as the Alpha version of the Skype for Linux client. This is our initial step on our path to replicate ORTC capabilities beyond Microsoft Edge.

The future updates and improvements Microsoft is planning to roll out to Chrome browsers in Linux and Chromebooks involve video calling and calls to landlines and mobiles.

You can download Skype Alpha for Linux from the Skype Community page. You can send your feedback to Microsoft via the same page.

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