Sunday, June 17, 2012

Skype on Linux Magically Updates to 4.0 and Loses Beta Status

Just when you thought Skype had no future on Linux, it just got updated to a new version. After being in lazy development for three years, it has finally come out of beta. I guess the developers have stopped procrastinating after such a long time.

Skype has lagged on the Linux platform. After Microsoft acquired Skype last year, people were skeptical whether Skype will ever improve on the open-source operating system.

At the end of last week, an update was released, that was codenamed "Four Rooms for Improvement", making the jump from version 2.2 to 4.0. The Skype development team highlighted the following features in the new version:
  1. Unified chat window (that can be disabled).
  2. New Call view.
  3. Better call quality because of "several investments [they] made in improving audio quality".
  4. Better video quality and support for more cameras.
Apart from these major changes, there is also much better stability, improved speed for loading chat history, new emoticons etc.

Skype for Linux is available in several different languages and can be downloaded here.