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

Dev Anand Teelucksingh devtee at gmail.com
Tue Oct 11 22:14:39 UTC 2016

Hi Sarah (and other Linux users!), it seems it was a new Skype Alpha
was made available :


Dev Anand

On Mon, Oct 10, 2016 at 11:05 AM, Sarah Kiden <skiden at gmail.com> wrote:
> 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.
> Regards,
> Sarah
> On Thu, Jul 14, 2016 at 1:55 AM, Dev Anand Teelucksingh <devtee at gmail.com>
> wrote:
>> 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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