[technology taskforce] Skype Blog: Skype for Linux Alpha and calling on Chrome and Chromebooks

Sarah Kiden skiden at gmail.com
Mon Oct 10 15:05:05 UTC 2016

​Hello Dave,

I tried to connect to Skype and it looks like Skype for Linux Alpha is not
supported any more :-(. ​Woes of a Linux user. I was already loving the
Linux version.



On Thu, Jul 14, 2016 at 1:55 AM, Dev Anand Teelucksingh <devtee at gmail.com>

> From http://blogs.skype.com/2016/07/13/skype-for-linux-alpha-
> and-calling-on-chrome-and-chromebooks/
> "Today, we’re pleased to announce the launch of the Alpha version of a
> new Skype for Linux client. ....a brand new WebRTC version of Skype
> for Linux....you’ll notice that it’s very different from the Skype for
> Linux client you use today. For example, you’ll be using the latest,
> fast and responsive Skype UI, you can share files, photos and videos
> and send a whole new range of new emoticons.
> As we develop this new version of Skype for Linux, we need you to
> test, provide feedback and help us prioritize features. You will
> notice that with the Alpha version of Skype for Linux, which uses our
> next generation calling architecture, you will be able to call your
> friends and family on the latest versions of Skype on Windows, Mac,
> iOS and Android, but you won’t be able to make or receive calls to and
> from the previous versions of Skype for Linux ( Please do
> provide as much feedback as you can on Skype for Linux Alpha, so we
> can continue to improve call connections and reliability.
> ....
> A couple of months ago, we announced plugin free calling using ORTC on
> Skype for Web, Outlook and in Office Web Apps, using Microsoft Edge.
> ORTC makes it possible to make free voice and video calls on Skype
> without needing to download an app or browser plugin—so it’s really
> easy to get started on Skype.
> 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. As such, we
> want to hear feedback to help us deliver more excitement in the
> upcoming months.
> Video calling and calls to landlines and mobiles are coming soon to
> Chrome browsers in Linux and Chromebooks, so stay tuned for updates
> over the coming weeks and months.
> Read full article for links
> http://blogs.skype.com/2016/07/13/skype-for-linux-alpha-
> and-calling-on-chrome-and-chromebooks/
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