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June 18, 2012

Microsoft News - Microsoft Finally Releases Skype 4.0 for Linux OS

By Tanya Palta, TMCnet Contributing Writer

Anyone using Linux would be familiar with the excruciating waiting game they usually have to play to get a Skype update. Fortunately, the long overdue update is finally here, as Microsoft (News - Alert) recently released the much-anticipated Skype 4.0.

Linux is one of the most underrated operating systems out there, and hence often gets neglected when it comes to receiving upgrades from third-party software companies.

Skype 4.0, codenamed “Four Rooms for Improvement,” includes a plethora of updates and new features and also more importantly sheds the Beta tag (News - Alert). The version is the first major update for Linux, since Skype 2.2 Beta was made available in April 2011.

It therefore doesn’t come as a surprise that Marco Cimmino thanks Linux users for their patience on the Skype (News - Alert) blog.

Major changes have been noticed in the audio and video functionality, as Skype 4.0 now promises enhanced audio call quality, better video support and improved chat synchronization. Microsoft has also made Skype compatible with a wide gamut of webcams and the new Conversations View lets users easily track all of their chats in a unified window. This can also be disabled in the Chat options, as some may prefer the old view format.

Other nifty add-ons include a new call view, redesigned emoticons and the ability to store and view numbers within each Skype profile. Apart from incorporating new features, Microsoft has also made Skype 4.0 more stable and promises a more intuitive experience and fewer crashes or freezes.

Microsoft also warns “the very first time you start Skype for Linux 4.0 might take a few minutes.” The new Skype for Linux is available for the 32 and 64-bit versions of Ubuntu (News - Alert) 10.04 and Debian 6.0 and the 32-bit versions of Fedora 16 and openSUSE 12.1 .

The overall requirements are minimal: Qt 4.6.0, D-Bus 1.0.0, libasound2 1.0.18 with both PulseAudio 1.0 and BlueZ 4.0.0 being optional.

Edited by Braden Becker

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