Skype for Linux has been updated to version 188.8.131.52 with updated UI, new cloud-based Group chat experience, and more.
Microsoft finally announced Skype for Linux 4.3 on June 18, 2014. The new release dropped support for direct Alsa support, now it uses PulseAudio for better calling experience. Also Skype 4.3 contains below changes:
- An updated UI
- Our new cloud-based Group Chat experience
- More reliable file transfer support when using multiple devices at once
- Greater accessibility by blind and visually impaired users
- PulseAudio 3.0 and 4.0 support
- Lot of bug fixes
- Skype 4.3 release note.
Install Skype 4.3 in Ubuntu or Linux Mint:
. Below steps will tell you how to install the official .deb package in Ubuntu 14.04, Ubuntu 12.04, and their derivatives.
1. Install required libraries (for 64-bit system)
Skype website only provides 32-bit package for Ubuntu 12.04 and higher. You’re unable to install it directly on 64-bit system due to dependencies issue.
However, install the old skype from Canonical partners repository will also install the required libraries we need for NEW skype.
a.) Press Ctrl+Alt+T on keyboard to open terminal. When it opens, run commands one by one to remove old skype and .skype folder:
b.) Open “Software & Updates” and enable Canonical partners repository under Other Software tab.
c.) Press Ctrl+Alt+T on keyboard to open terminal. When it opens, run the commands below to install old skype:
UPDATE: Below steps are no longer required! Just do the above step a.), b.) and c.) will install Skype 4.3 in your system.