Skype for Linux Alpha recently released, is an early edition of a new version of Skype for Linux. Currently it lacks some features seen on the skype app but all of the features will be released in the final version. It can be installed globally but is currently available in English only.
According to the developers, this release comes with the latest, fastest and most responsive Skype UI, so you can share files, photos, videos and a whole new range of new emoticons with your friends.
Skype for Linux Alpha uses the next generation calling architecture, which will enable you 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 (126.96.36.199).
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 of the Alpha version of the Skype for Linux client
Key features in this released
- One-to-one instant messaging
- Group instant messaging
- Skype emoticons
- Call forwarding
- Add friends as Skype contacts
- Start conversations
- One-to-one audio calling
- Group audio calling
- Share contacts
- New emoticons packs
- One-to one video calling
- Skype PSTN calling
- Skype SMS messages
- Buy Skype credit
- Add participants to ongoing call
- Change device settings
How to install / run Skype for Linux Alpha on Ubuntu 16.04
sudo apt-get install gdebi wget https://go.skype.com/skypeforlinux-64-alpha.deb sudo gdebi skypeforlinux-64-alpha.deb