Earlier in the month we exclusively revealed Skype for Linux would be updated with a new service. Microsoft followed with an official announcement revealing Skype for Linux Alpha, a preview service for the open source platform.
This is a raw preview in development, but Microsoft is improving it with a new update.
The latest release brings Skype for Alpha to version 1.2. The update focuses on improving the performance and general reliability of the service. Users will see enhanced audio and video settings and a better system tray.
As usual, the Skype Community posted the changelog on its site:
“We’ve improved the stability of chat service when you’ve been signed in and chatting for a long time.
You can now change your audio and video device settings.
Opening the app from tray will bring it to the front and into focus.
You can now close the app to system tray.
Contacts with an apostrophe in their name will now be displayed correctly.
You can now Quit the app with Ctrl+Q (although we’d be really sad to see you go).
We’ve started to support HD avatars.
You can now set your mood message from Profile settings.
The Post-install script registers the Debian repository and has the correct architecture specified (64bit).”
Considering Skype for Linux Alpha has only been available for a few weeks in preview, this is not a finished release. That means plenty of issues are still around. According to the Skype Community confirms that some users are missing audio and video settings. Microsoft explained at launch why it launched the service in an early developmental stage:
“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. For example, you’ll be using the latest, fast and responsive Skype UI, you can share files, photos and videos and send a whole new range of new emoticons.”
If you are using the new Skype for Linux service, let us know how the in-development service is treating you.