MOANING LINUX USERS REJOICE! Microsoft has announced a new Skype client for Linux following complaints from the open source community that they had been "neglected".
Skype is already available on Linux, but Microsoft has failed to pay it any attention since June 2014. This has not gone down well with Linux users, who called out Microsoft earlier this year over the "shitty move".
It may have taken Microsoft five months to respond, but the firm announced an all new Skype client for Linux this week, albeit not fully functional just yet.
Microsoft has promised to bring all of the Skype features found on Windows and OS X to Linux users, and as a WebRTC client it will make use of Skype's new calling architecture. However, the current release is an alpha, which means it's probably lacking in features and riddled with bugs.
"As you may have guessed by the name, Skype for Linux Alpha is not a fully functioning Skype client yet," Microsoft said in a post on the Skype blog. "We’re sharing it with you now as we want to get it in your hands as soon as possible."
Microsoft also noted that you won’t be able to make or receive calls to and from the previous versions of Skype for Linux.
Risk-taking Linux users can download the Skype alpha from the Microsoft website now, and the firm has called on users to send feedback ahead of the full release.
Microsoft has some good news for Chrome OS users too, announcing that anyone accessing Skype via the browser on a Chromebook, Chrome OS or Linux device can now make one-to-one and group voice calls.
The firm also said that video calls and calls to landlines and mobiles will arrive soon on Chrome browsers in Linux and Chromebooks.
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