Skype, created by the people who brought you KaZaA, uses innovative P2P (peer-to-peer) technology to connect you with other Skype users. If you are tired of paying outrageous fees for telephony, Skype is for you.

We're excited to announce a new beta version for Linux, with extra features and better sound and video quality. This release comes with High Quality Video and super wideband audio that have been exciting features of our Windows and Mac versions; so now the special people in your world will feel much closer and clearer on your Skype calls.

We really encourage you to get this version and experience the jump in quality for yourselves.

Sign in with your Microsoft account

Starting to use Skype has never been easier. Just sign in with your Microsoft account and you are ready to go. After signing in with your Microsoft account, you will have all your buddies from Messenger, Xbox, Hotmail and available in Skype, making them easy to communicate with. If you already have a Skype Name, then you can merge the two and enjoy streamlined communications inside Skype with all of your friends on these services.

Instant Message with Messenger

Now you can IM with your friends with Messenger straight from Skype. This is the first native Linux solution that allows this.

User interface tweaks to improve the experience

We have tweaked the user interface a bit to improve the experience. The tweaks include:

  • Hotkey "d" added to invoke dialpad during Skype-to-Skype and conference calls
  • Pressing ESC will now exit full screen call view
  • Notification of unread messages in middle of the call
  • Differentiate between local and remote holding of call

In addition to these improved features, we have a few less visible, but helpful additions:

Implemented support for secondary logins

Now you can run more than one instance of Skype on Linux simultaneously. Just add the "-- secondary" command line option to launch a second client.

Easier conference calls

We have fully implemented support for the /golive command in Skype for Linux to enable you to more easily host conference calls. Read more about this feature here.

Support for Skype URIs on Web sites

Web site developers can build Skype URIs into their pages to initiate Skype chats and calls right from their web pages. These URIs are now supported by Skype for Linux, so when someone surfing the Web clicks on a contact list that contains Skype names or phone numbers, the URI will automatically launch Skype for Linux and initiate a call to the specified target.

What's New:

Enjoy the upcoming summer with the fresh, new Skype for Linux version Here is a preview of what you can expect:

  • An updated UI
  • Our new cloud-based Group Chat experience
  • More reliable file transfer support when using multiple devices at once
  • Greater accessibility by blind and visually impaired users
  • PulseAudio 3.0 and 4.0 support
  • Lot of bug fixes

This version dropped support for direct Alsa support; please install PulseAudio 4.0 or greater for the best calling experience.

What's New in Linux Alpha 1.5:

  • Updated to Electron 1.4.10
  • Enabled context menu with copy/paste commands in the message input area
  • Added the option to autostart (Tools->Launch at Login)
  • Added the option to launch minimized (Tools->Launch Minimized)
  • Many smaller improvements and bugfixes