Microsoft releases Skype for Linux Beta version 5.0

It’s been nearly a year since Microsoft launched an Alpha version of a new Skype for Linux client, which received several iterative updates over the past couple of months. It seems though that development of the new client has just reached a new milestone, as the┬áSkype team announced today the release of Skype for Linux Beta version 5.0.

This new version brings some performance improvements and bug fixes as well as the following new features:

  • 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.

“We want to create a Linux version of Skype that is as feature rich as the existing Skype on desktop and mobile platforms,” explained the Skype team, and this new Beta version seems to be a step in the right direction. You can download the new Linux client on Skype’s website, sound off in the comments if you like these new additions.

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