Skype Preview for Linux is out

Skype For Linux Preview Icon

A new version of Skype for Linux is out today. The app comes with a completely redesigned user interface and finally allows you to use the screen sharing feature in Linux.

As of this writing, the app version is

The official announcement comes with the following highlights:

Screen Sharing

With Skype for Linux, you can take advantage of the screen sharing feature on your desktop screen. Now, you can share content with everyone on the call—making it even easier to bring your calls to life and collaborate on projects.

Group chat

The new group chat feature for Skype for Linux allows you to talk with several friends at the same time. You can also personalize chats with emoticons, Mojis and photos.

The application includes all the features introduced in the previously released app for Windows 7 and Windows 8. The refined user interface comes with bold fonts, color gradients and new glyph icons.

  • @mentions, message reactions and a new notification pane — Stay on top of your day with help from the notification panel. Quickly jump back into conversations where you were @mentioned to see how people reacted to what you’ve said.
  • New chat media gallery — Finding shared content—such as links, documents, or media—in a chat has never been easier with the chat gallery.
  • Enhanced group calls — Customize your group call experience with drag and drop ease. Say it with an emoji using our new in-call reactions, too!

The app supports changing the color of your profile.

It comes with two themes: light and dark.


This application uses the Electron engine and has nothing common with the previously available Skype 4.3.

You can download it from the following page:

Skype Preview

Only 64-bit DEB and RPM packages are available. There is no 32-bit version of the Skype Preview app released.

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Author: Sergey Tkachenko

Sergey Tkachenko is a software developer who started Winaero back in 2011. On this blog, Sergey is writing about everything connected to Microsoft, Windows and popular software. Follow him on Telegram, Twitter, and YouTube.

One thought on “Skype Preview for Linux is out”

  1. It’s Linux on the desktop, who gives a f[censored]. They probably hate Skype so much they’d use one of the open-source alternatives that no-one except these zealots use.

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