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Microsoft releases Skype for Linux Alpha 1.3

Four days ago, Microsoft pushed out Skype for Linux Alpha 1.2, now the company has bumped the software up to version 1.3 bringing with it a few bug fixes to make the experience more stable. The update builds on the minimise to tray functionality that was introduced in the last release.

Opening the post, the user RadekDomin thanks users for testing out the alpha and giving feedback, they wrote:

“Thanks to all of you who continue giving us valuable feedback. We listened to you and fixed some of the issues you reported. Here are some of the improvements you can find in Skype for Linux Alpha 1.3 that we are releasing today:"

The mentioned improvements are:

  • Instead of being hidden, the menu items are now disabled when you’re not signed in.
  • Logout from the menu works consistently now.
  • Fixed the post-install script on all supported distributions.
  • Fixed the ‘minimise to tray’ function for Cinnamon.
  • URL links that are sent in a chat now open with the browser.
  • Fixed the Redo shortcut for Linux (CTRL – Y).

The app is still severely lacking in functionality despite the rapid releases of new versions. Some of the key features that aren’t yet present include video calling and screen sharing. One user also alerted the Skype team that they can’t receive or send messages in group chats; a Skype staff member said this was likely caused by the fact that group chats are P2P-only, but the new Skype client is solely cloud based (WebRTC). Microsoft says it’ll upgrade group chats in the next weeks so that they work in the Alpha client too.

Source: Skype Community

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