'A new Skype for Linux client is now available as an alpha.
The Skype client for Linux had been long abandoned—it's stuck on
version 4.3, compared to version 7 on Windows—but Microsoft has now
belatedly recognized that Skype is at its most desirable when it's
available on every platform. To that end, it has created an all-new
In fact, the new client has two versions. There's a Linux app for
users of traditional Linux systems. There's also the Skype Web Client,
which is supported in Chrome on Linux and Chromebooks running Chrome
OS. Whether using the Web or the standalone app, the core code and
capabilities are the same: it's using Chrome's WebRTC support to
provide a plugin-free, Web-based Skype client.'
Dept. of Computer Science
University of Waikato, NZ
+64 (7) 858-5174