Skype 4.3 now available for Linux

With summer coming up, Microsoft has released a new version of Skype for Linux. The latest version, Skype 4.3, offers some UI enhancements, new features, and behind-the-scenes improvements to the software.

Included in the latest update, Skype 4.3 features:

  • An updated UI
  • Our new cloud-based Group Chat experience
  • More reliable file transfer support when using multiple devices at once
  • Greater accessibility by blind and visually impaired users
  • PulseAudio 3.0 and 4.0 support
  • Lots of bug fixes

Although there are a lot of improvements, this new version of Skype has dropped support for direct Alsa support. While this was previously an option, the new version will require users to install PulseAudio 4.0 and above.

For those that are unfamiliar with Skype, it is a voice-over-IP service that allows users to make calls and send chat messages. Skype to Skype calls are free, with subscriptions available for those that want to call traditional phone numbers. Currently, Skype offers two versions of its software -- a free version and a paid version -- with the main difference being that the paid version offers group video calls.

Skype 4.3 is available for Ubuntu 10.04 32-bit, 12.04, Debian 7.0, Fedora 16 32-bit, OpenSUSE 12.1 32-bit, and Dynamic. The software is also available for Windows, OSX, iOS, Windows Phone, and Android. 

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"PulseAudio 3.0 and 4.0 support"
"will require users to install PulseAudio 4.0 and above."
?

Also can anyone check and report back if this version drops support for external skype control programs (i.e. skype4pidgin)?

Wicked. I installed MInt on an old Xp laptop at work, hoping to use it as a Skype machine; however, the after fiddling with the pulse audio settings, the sound got completly messed up and I gave up trying to fix it. Going to see if the enhanced pulse audio support fixes the problem.

I have to give Microsoft some credit here. Not 30 days after they acquired Skype, the Linux version, which had been stagnant for years, got some updated icons, some bug fixes and interface fixes, and got the Beta tag removed. I think it speaks to their character that they're willing to fix software for an operating system other than Windows.

It could just as well have been the last commit from a developer who quit. ;)

But I'm glad that Skype stated in the deal that Microsoft aren't allowed to stop development for non-Windows based targets. Otherwise, it could have been the death of the Linux based one.

Ain't it nice when at least 1 company dedicates resources making their software/services available cross-platform. Thumbs up to Microsoft
Google, Apple and others can take a hike off a cliff

That's fine, we're still gonna fly with the amount of resources we have. Cross is just a burden, look what happened to Blackberry. Cross is gonna cause them to not get their phones bought as much because they extended the one service that made them even more popular in the first place.

Steve121178 said,
I'm confused. What Google products do not work on the Linux based OS's?

He meant google not supporting Windows phone platform.

Oh I see, I understand now.

Yeah, so much for that 'do no evil' stuff. But you can't expect them to support rivals in this day and age. Google is going all out to get their products used by the masses ahead of rivals such as MS.

Steve121178 said,
Oh I see, I understand now.

Yeah, so much for that 'do no evil' stuff. But you can't expect them to support rivals in this day and age. Google is going all out to get their products used by the masses ahead of rivals such as MS.

you could say that but then Google seems to have no problem supporting iOS. it's just WP they have a problem with

Mr.XXIV said,
That's fine, we're still gonna fly with the amount of resources we have. Cross is just a burden, look what happened to Blackberry. Cross is gonna cause them to not get their phones bought as much because they extended the one service that made them even more popular in the first place.

Considering before MS bought skype, these products already had the support. Not to mention there's money to be made on these platforms.

dingl_ said,
Ain't it nice when at least 1 company dedicates resources making their software/services available cross-platform. Thumbs up to Microsoft
Google, Apple and others can take a hike off a cliff

I think it is Microsofts best interests to make sure that Skype continues to be used by as many computer users as possible, because it creates a networking effect. I, personally, was considering implementing more google voice over Skype because of my perceived lack of updates, but I will probably stay with Skype if the update is good.

As for Google and Microsoft disagreements, I believe there is a lack of communication from both parties that continues to cause friction. I get this impression from when they were having problems with the Windows Phone Youtube app, where Microsoft kept releasing an app that violated ToS and without informing/getting approval from Google first.