Microsoft has today rolled out a new update for Skype for Linux Alpha. The release brings the service up to version 1.6 with a number of new features. Microsoft re-launched Skype on the open source Linux platform last month. Each subsequent update has added a number of new features.
It is important to remember that Skype for Linux Alpha is still a preview service. When it arrived last month it was a bare bones Skype experience. Since then Microsoft has beefed up the platform with a number of updates. The latest comes with some features and fixes that make Skype on Linux better for early users.
Among the new changes is the ability to paste files directly into the clipboard. Users are now able to unpin favorites from their recent conversations. The Skype team provided a full changelog for build 1.6, which you can check out below:
- Added the ability to paste files from clipboard
- Added settings for emoticons (Under the Messaging section of Settings)
- Fixed message quoting
- Added the option to unpin Favorites from Recent conversations
- Names of group chats are not automatically converted to lowercase after editing
- Several under-the-hood stability improvements
Previous Updates to Skype for Linux Alpha
The last update Microsoft launched for Skype for Linux Alpha arrived during the middle of last month. That release focused on fixing some known issued with the service. For example, voice messaging functionality was added and Mojis now work with audio.
Skype for Alpha version 1.3 also arrived in August. That update introduced several fixes, including a problem where the log out from menu would not function properly.
The service was debuted in July and was a long awaited new Skype solution for Linux. Linux users had suffered a terrible Skype experience in recent years. Microsoft stopped supporting the service and for the most part Skype has simply not worked on Linux since. Alpha addresses that with a fully-functioning Skype for the platform.