Skype 5.0 for Linux Beta released

Finally Skype for Linux reached the beta stage yesterday. It is the same web-based version of Skype that I wrote about previously.

The new feature in this beta version includes:

  • Calling updates: Calls to mobiles and landlines with Skype credit, one-to-one video calls can be made from Linux to Skype users the latest versions of Skype for Android, iOS, Windows, and Mac.
  • Better collaboration: Linux users can now view shared screens from other Skype desktop clients (Windows 7.33 and above, Mac 7.46 and above).
  • Usability improvements: Unity launcher now shows the number of unread conversations, online contacts in contact list now include Away and Do Not Disturb statuses.

You may download Skype 5.0 for Linux Beta at