Skype Launches New WebRTC Alpha Version For Linux

Skype has announced a complete new version of Skype for Linux users.
  
 
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Several existing Linux app users have stated that it was lagging behind its Mac and Windows counterparts. Missing and unreliable features were the common complaints. The last update took place more than two years ago and hence, today’s news will be well received by most users.
 
 
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With the launch of the latest alpha, the new WebRTC version of Skype for Linux goes on to adopt a more responsive interface, promising more features which Skype is known for, which includes sharing of the files along with compatibility with a broader range of emoticons. The WebRTC (Web real-time communication) is an open source initiative, which allows internet users to communicate in real time through both voice and video, simply by using a Real-Time Communications (RTC) compatible Browser.
 
The Skype for Linux alpha version is now available for downloading and it is compatible with Skype on the other platforms too, which includes Mac, iOS, Android and Windows. However, the users will not be able to make calls to the people who do not update to the new version of Skype for Linux. As you can expect with any alpha product, this may not yet be a smooth experience.
 
The company in its official blog, passed a statement, stating,
 
“As you may have guessed by the name, Skype for Linux Alpha is not a fully functioning Skype client yet. We’re sharing it with you now, as we want to get it in your hands as soon as possible. Once you’ve downloaded the app, you’ll notice that it’s very different from the Skype for Linux client you use today.”
 
In addition, a new Web-compliant version of its app for Chromebook users was also revealed by Skype. While Skype had already worked on Chromebook, it was confined to messaging but, now with the availability of the latest alpha version; it is now possible to make voice as well as video calls.
 
This announcement came in just three months after Skype had gone on to introduce a new offering, which enabled users to make calls in Microsoft Edge without downloading any additional plugins. This was in addition to the Service launched globally on Skype for Web, for Chrome, Safari, Firefox and Explorer. The plugins are still required for the Browsers.
  
Starting today, anyone using Chromebook or Chrome on Linux can easily visit web.skype.com and make voice calls through video. However, calls on landlines and mobiles do not work yet. Skypes informs its users that they are working on extending its functionality in the upcoming weeks and months.