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Three months after unveiling an all-new Linux app, Skype has finally announced that it’s adding video-calling to the mix too.

Though the Microsoft-owned communications service has existed on Linux for some years, users had long complained that it was lagging behind its counterparts on Windows and Mac and was rarely updated. The new WebRTC-enabled version of Skype on Linux promises a more responsive interface and more of the features Skype is known for, including file sharing. However, Skype is also renowned for the ability to make video calls, so that was a major omission from the Linux incarnation.

The new Skype for Linux remains an alpha product for the time being, and it’s worth noting here that group video calls aren’t an option yet — this will only work on one-to-one calls. Additionally, it will only be available for calls between those using the Skype for Linux alpha client, though it promises to open cross-platform compatibility “in the coming weeks.”

In short, Skype for Linux very much remains an early adopter app for now due to its limitations, but it is getting there. The company hasn’t given any indication as to when it will be ready for prime time.


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