Skype 2.2 Beta Released For Linux

April 7, 2011 § Leave a comment

Finally, a new version of Skype for Linux. We’ve been waiting for this a long time. Among the many improvements we can now enjoy conference calls and use Pulse audio instead of Alsa.

I’m glad to write to you about Skype 2.2 beta for Linux. The major new features of the Skype 2.2 for Linux are:

  • Skype Access
  • Support for call waiting and holding
  • Improved audio/video quality in calls

We recommend to all our Linux users to upgrade to this version. Start downloading it now. Though please remember that this is a beta version, which means that it has a few known glitches in.

Please let us know what you think about this release by discussing matters on our forum – and in case anything unexpected should happen, please let us know by raising an issue report on our public issue tracker.

The new features and improvements:

Skype Access
Skype Access is a nifty addition to Skype which lets you connect to paid WiFi hotspots around the globe easily and to pay for them with Skype credits. No need to hassle with credit cards or subscriptions – and you pay by minute, so you will pay for the time you actually use the service and you don’t need to buy a voucher for a full hour in case you just want to make a 5 minute Skype call or send a few emails.

Support for call waiting and holding
Skype for Linux now supports call waiting and holding. It’s especially good if you are hosting a conference calls and people are calling in. In addition we have also included a support foreasy conference call hosting.

Improved audio/video quality on calls
We have updated the underlying libraries to the newest version available, which should enhance audio and video call quality and reliability.

In addition to these bigger changes we have introduce numerous small improvements and bug fixes.

The full release notes for Skype 2.2.0.25 available here: http://blogs.skype.com/garage/2011/04/skype_22_beta_for_linux_with_s.html

Check out the quick review made by Jordan over at This Week In Linux (TWIL)

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