A new Skype for Linux major update has been released by Microsoft, and as updates go, this is one of the biggest, so far.According to Microsoft, the Skype for Linux has been redesigned and the client for the open source platform has received a huge number of improvements.
“Not only did we conquer the navigation issues and bugs from previous releases, but we increased the stability when logging in from a Microsoft Account.
“There are also greater efficiencies, such as not having to re-type your password when entering via “My Account” if you are already logged-in with the client. Voice messaging is optimized for ease of use and is now just one click away from the options window,” reads the official announcement.
The developers from Microsoft are providing packages for quite a few distributions Ubuntu 10.04 32-bit, Ubuntu 12.04 LTS (multiarch), Debian 7.0 (multiarch), Fedora 16 32-bit, and openSUSE 12.1 32-bit.
The installation is rather straightforward, and if you are running a 64-bit system from Debian or Ubuntu. Users will have to install a package called libasound2-plugins:i386 in order to fix any audio or instability issues.
Highlights of Skype for Linux 4.2.0:
• The users’ logged-in account is now opened automatically when accessing the account’s link;
• A subscription status and link has been added to the account brief view in the main window;
• A button has been added in order to enable voice message from the options dialog;
• A Messenger predefined group has been added when logged-in with your MSA account;
• An entry point is now created to hold a conference call from the conversations view;
• Artifacts have been corrected in the contact list after changing the topic or the picture in a multichat.
A complete list of changes and improvements can be found in the official announcement.
Download Skype for Linux 4.2.0 right now from Softpedia.