Microsoft today released a new Skype app for Linux users. The app is in Alpha stage. It doesn’t contain all features but it packs with some useful basic features like sharing files, videos and photos others. The new app has a revamped design and UI. The app works smooth on Linux and work good as well.

In blog post, Microsoft says

Today, we’re pleased to announce the launch of the Alpha version of a new Skype for Linux client. As you may have guessed by the name, Skype for Linux Alpha is not a fully functioning Skype client yet. We’re sharing it with you now, as we want to get it in your hands as soon as possible. Once you’ve downloaded the app, you’ll notice that it’s very different from the Skype for Linux client you use today. For example, you’ll be using the latest, fast and responsive Skype UI, you can share files, photos and videos and send a whole new range of new emoticons.

Along with this company has announced the support for voice calls for chromebook and for Linux.

Blog post says

You will notice that with the Alpha version of Skype for Linux, which uses our next generation calling architecture, you will be able to call your friends and family on the latest versions of Skype on Windows, Mac, iOS and Android, but you won’t be able to make or receive calls to and from the previous versions of Skype for Linux ( Please do provide as much feedback as you can on Skype for Linux Alpha, so we can continue to improve call connections and reliability.

Anyone using chrome or Chromebook can visit here and can download the app with one to one messaging feature. This is again Alpha version based on WebRTC.

Click on below link to get Skype on Linux.
Download Skype for Linux Alpha (RPM)
Download Skype for Linux Alpha (DEB)