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Microsoft Reportedly Releasing A New Skype For Linux Soon

Proprietary Software

Published on 24 May 2014 06:51 PM EDT
Written by Michael Larabel in Proprietary Software
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At long last it looks like there could be a major update to the Skype Linux client after its been stagnate recently under Microsoft's control compared to the advancing Skype Windows client.

Skype for Windows (and other non-Linux platforms) has added support for video conferencing / group video calls, improvements to the user-interface, and other features. The Skype Linux client meanwhile in recent years has been rather stagnate with updates, especially after Microsoft's acquisition of Skype Communications. Skype for Linux is still at version 4.2 but there's been talk and hope of seeing Skype 5.0 for Linux, which looks like it might be coming soon...

There's been some Phoronix readers writing in about a message from Microsoft saying, "Using Linux? We'll be releasing a version for Linux devices soon. Please visit Skype.com and go to Downloads to check if the release is available."

At the time of writing no new Skype Linux version has been released but we'll keep monitoring the situation. Reports of this message have also been brought up within the Skype community forums.

Stay tuned...

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