Skype for Linux adds Microsoft account login connectivity

When Skype was bought out by Microsoft earlier this year, it was an indication that Microsoft wanted to expand its instant-messaging horizons, which is why the plans for the termination of Windows Live messenger next year didn’t come as a surprise to many. However, Microsoft is working hard to make those Windows Live Messenger users jump ship to its Skype service and with the new Skype 4.1 application released for Linux, we’re beginning to see the transition techniques that Microsoft is implementing into Skype for Linux to aid its Windows Live Messenger users to adjust to Skype’s service.

The updated Skype application brings the option of merging your Skype account with your Microsoft account in order to be able to log in with it. At the moment we can confirm, that this only allows you to log in to Skype with your Microsoft account email, contacts from your Microsoft account will not be imported and we are unable to work out whether contact imports will be incorporated in future.

Additionally, it should be noted that the application is multi-arch supported, meaning one application will determine whether your system is eligible for the 32-bit or 64-bit version of the application. However, for some reason the 64-bit version doesn’t enable the tray icon but the 32-bit version does. It is also recommended that you uninstall previous versions of Skype for Linux to minimize any conflicting errors.

We feel that this a great update for users because for it allows Windows Live Messenger users to use the service without the hassle of registration, and also for the fact that Skype for Linux is actually being updated regularly, which makes a change considering Skype was reluctant to update the service for Linux users before being bought out.

We hope to see Microsoft update the application more often, and to also offer more connectivity improvements for Windows Live Messenger users.

Source: OMG Ubuntu!

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14 Comments

Possession said,
Shouldn't the title mention "Microsoft Account login connectivity" instead? Seeing as it's not Windows Live anymore?

Fixed. My bad!

Zeikku said,

Fixed. My bad!


The word "My bad" is not the right word to use(it shouldn't even be a word). Instead, use something like "My mistake or My error". Sorry if i seem harsh but some of the words we use these days are downright stupid.

soldier1st said,

The word "My bad" is not the right word to use(it shouldn't even be a word). Instead, use something like "My mistake or My error". Sorry if i seem harsh but some of the words we use these days are downright stupid.

Harsh? Nah, just overly sensitive.

By the way:
1) Of course "my bad" is not a word. I see two words.
2) The expression "my bad" is quite old actually. ~50-60 years

GS:mac

soldier1st said,

The word "My bad" is not the right word to use(it shouldn't even be a word). Instead, use something like "My mistake or My error". Sorry if i seem harsh but some of the words we use these days are downright stupid.

Further to what Glassed Silver has said, 'my bad' is classed as slang and is thus appropriate in an informal setting, according to dictionaries and linguistic experts. Check out definition #45: http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/my+bad

Brando212 said,
good to see MS is continuing Linux support for Skype

Funny when all those Linux fanboys ditched Skype and started screaming when MS bought it.
Best is that there where practically no client updates for Linux and its client was god...god-awful before the take-over. And those guys all stopped using Skype.
And now its actually quite a decent client to use.

the only thing missing from wlm in skype would be email notification and well put back nicknames and that would be perfect

The 2nd screenshot really should be used as a way to teach students how to make good looking UI. I wish all companies would make UI as good looking as a plain white background with black text.

HEY MS the web of 1990 called and wants its plain white background and black text back.

I'm actually really glad they're updating the Linux version. Who knows, maybe they'll actually release more of their products for the Linux platform. Too bad they don't run a Skype repository for Linux though, so you gotta go download the new version from the site instead of just pulling it in with all your other updates. Oh well, not the end of the world to have to type skype.com into my browser.

Wonder if there's a way to connect my Skype and Microsoft accounts and log into them both with Skype.

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