After 3 years of silence, Skype introduces the world with new version for Ubuntu (Linux) bringing many new features and UI improvements.
While the Skype is now owned by Microsoft, its development for Ubuntu continues and recently Skype was updated to version 4.0. Version number went from 2.2 all the way to 4.0 and now has all the features that Windows and Mac versions have for years. This version brings many new features and a lot of UI improvements.
This is the only the second update in a year for the Linux client. The previous update brought minor bug and performance fixes without introducing anything new.
What’s new in Skype 4.0?
If you have used Skype for Mac and Windows at some point in the last few years you will notice that Skype for Ubuntu finally have features that were present on the other platforms for years.
- A brand new conversation and call view
- Improved audio and video quality
- Extended support for more cameras
- New chat emotions
- Improved conversation synchronization
- “Tabbed” conversations
- Improved error handling it means no more crashing and freezing
Download and install Skype in Ubuntu 12.04
If you want to install new Skype in Ubuntu 12.04 or any other Ubuntu here is how you can get it done:
Open Ubuntu terminal and use fallowing commands one by one to install Skype:
- sudo add-apt-repository “deb http://archive.canonical.com/ $(lsb_release -sc) partner”
- sudo apt-get update
- sudo apt-get install skype
- Download latest version of Skype from this website
- When prompted, choose ‘Open with Ubuntu Software Center (default)’
- Then hit install and watch how the magic happens
- Launch Skype and enjoy!
Bellow you can see video tutorial on how to install Skype on Ubuntu 12.04. The whole process should not take more than just few minutes.