Microsoft releases Skype 4.0 for Linux

Skype for Linux has been somewhat under-developed in the past but that may be about to change as Microsoft has now released the newest revision to its application for the Linux platform.

This update drops the beta label and may result in more consistent updates. The last release was beta 2.2 which seriously lacked features, making it near enough incompatible with later versions of the application on other platforms. 

The new Skype for Linux uses a new interface for viewing conversations as well as when participating in a call. Audio and video quality have been substantially improved due to a fix that Skype has made on its side of the service. The app now also features native language support for users in Norway and the Czech Republic.

While the update doesn't compare to the experience you’d get for Skype on Windows or Mac, it does improve on functionality.

Skype 4.0 for Linux is available for download now.

Source: Skype blog

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I think I owe Microsoft a sincere apology. My assumption when they purchased it was that they would eliminate the Linux version altogether. Glad to see they not only kept it, but improved it, :-)

Just tried it, only use skype as an IM if I'm honest...
It went from 2.2 beta to 4.0 though ? Buddy list is improved, yes!

I'm glad Microsoft are keeping their promise with Skype. Personally though, I use Google Talk's Voice and Video service through Empathy.

simplezz said,
I'm glad Microsoft are keeping their promise with Skype. Personally though, I use Google Talk's Voice and Video service through Empathy.

its funny, those Linux fanboys all denounced Skype when it was taken over by MS. Now with this new release. MS surely showed them! haha

Shadowzz said,

its funny, those Linux fanboys all denounced Skype when it was taken over by MS. Now with this new release. MS surely showed them! haha

It's early days yet.

sava700 said,
Who cares..they are destroying it with ads in the process.

just minimize it when talking to someone. hardly the end of the world

sava700 said,
Who cares..they are destroying it with ads in the process.

Don't worry, I am sure Google will release an ad free version of Google Voice soon.

sava700 said,
Who cares..they are destroying it with ads in the process.

Well, you could stop being a cheapskate and pay for the service so you don't have ads.

They also released updates to Windows and OS X, they fixed problems with Mountain Lion like the screen sharing bug. I'm sure, it's also fixed some of the problems in Windows 8.