Microsoft announced the next generation of Skype in preview for Linux a day ago.
The new Skype Preview, version 8.5, is released to unstable channel in official Skype repositories. It will receive regular updates and eventually becomes the new Skype.
The new Linux client is going to get the same features as the Windows and Mac versions for the first time, so that is the reason for changing the client version number.
Starting today, the next generation of Skype is available in preview on Linux shortly after it was introduced for Windows and Mac. It’s not yet complete and we need your feedback. We’re committed to providing a Skype experience you love, enhancing the way you talk, text, and experience the world—all from the comfort of your desktop.
The official download link for Skype Preview is available at:
Download Skype Preview (.deb)
For those who want to keep updating the new Skype in preview, add the unstable repository via following steps:
1. Open terminal via Ctrl+Alt+T, and run command to make sure ‘apt-transport-https’ is installed:
Type in your password (no visual feedback while typing) when it prompts and hit Enter.
2. Grab and install the repository keyring via command:
3. Add Skype apt repository to your system via command:
Finally upgrade Skype via “Software Updater” utility, or run commands to check updates and install the client:
To uninstall skype preview, simply run command in terminal:
And remove the Skype unstable repository using “Software & Updates” utility, under Other Software tab.