How to Install Skype 5.0 For Linux Beta in Ubuntu 16.04, 16.10

Skype 5.0 for Linux

Skype 5.0 for Linux has been announced a few hours ago. It’s now in the beta stage.

What’s New in Skype 5.0 for Linux:

  • Calls to mobiles and landlines with Skype credit
  • one-to-one VIDEO CALLS support from Linux to Skype for Android, iOS, Windows, and Mac.
  • View shared screens from other Skype desktop clients
  • Unity launcher now shows the number of unread conversations
  • online contacts in contact list now include Away and Do Not Disturb statuses.
Skype for Linux Beta

How to Install Skype 5.0 for Linux in Ubuntu / Linux Mint:

The new release can be installed from the Skype apt repository, simply open terminal from Unity Dash, App Launcher, or via Ctrl+Alt+T shortcut key and run following commands one by one:

1. Make sure you have ‘apt-transport-https’ installed by running command:

Type in your password (no visual feedback) when it prompts and hit Enter.


2. Download and install Skype GPG key via command:

3. Add Skype apt repository to your system via command:

4. Finally, install Skype for Linux either via Synaptic Package Manager or by running following commands in terminal:

How to Remove:

For any reason you can remove Skype for Linux either via Synaptic Package Manager or by running the command:

And you can remove the Skype repository via Software & Updates -> Other Software.


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