Skype for Linux own

Only July 13th, we reported on Microsoft’s debut of the Skype for Linux Alpha. Since then, the company has pushed out a performance update, and now, four days later, a bug fix.

Senior Engineering Manager Radek Domín noted the changes on the community forums and gave thanks for the feedback provided. Skype for Linux now sits at version 1.3.

Skype for Linux 1.3 Changelog

The update is not major but fixes some consistent annoyances that have been commented on. The full changelog is listed below:

  • “Instead of being hidden, the menu items are now disabled when you’re not signed in.
  • Logout from the menu works consistently now.
  • Fixed the post-install script on all supported distributions.
  • Fixed the ‘minimize to tray’ function for Cinnamon.
  • URL links that are sent in a chat now open with the browser.
  • Fixed the Redo shortcut for Linux (CTRL-Y).”

Despite the update, the application is still missing some major features, which I assume are in the works. Users can’t yet video call or screen share, making running the Windows client through Wine preferable for now.

Some users are also reporting issues receiving calls from other platforms, and group chats are not working properly due to the lack of cloud support on Linux. The team says that the problem should be fixed within a couple of weeks as they migrate.

Skype for Linux 1.2 Changes

Microsoft’s previous update to Skype for Linux Alpha contained a number of performance and stability upgrades. Users also gained access to better audio and video settings.

Once again, the changelog was posted on the forums, and reads:

  • “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).”

Though there are still many issues with the client, the Skype team has shown dedication to fast, user-oriented updates. If they continue at this rate, it won’t be long until the service is a valid Windows alternative.