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Skype for Linux Alpha 1.6 Now Available, Still Can’t Make Video Calls

skype linux thumbnailA new version of Skype for Linux alpha is now available for download.

It’s been a couple of weeks since the latest update to the Electron-based web-wrapped app, but today a new alpha version begins roll out to users.

Has there been a huge spurt of development in the intervening time?

The Skype team say they are “back refreshed” from their summer holidays and “ready to give you more”.

The exact make up of the “more” on offer here is more akin to its antonym, as the crop of iterative improvements that feature in the update is modest at best.

Skype for Linux Alpha 1.6:

  • Paste files from the clipboard into chats
  • Emoticons settings
  • Message quote fix
  • Click the tray icon to refocus the app window
  • Option to unpin Favorites from Recent conversations
  • ‘Under-the-hood’ stability improvements

Skype for Linux Alpha 1.6 is a free download and supports Ubuntu 14.04 LTS and up.

If you already have Skype for Linux Alpha installed on Ubuntu you do not need to download anything as you’ll receive this update through Software Updater over the coming days.

If you don’t already have it installed you can grab the latest installer from the Skype for Linux alpha website.