Microsoft fell in love with Linux, and the most recent declaration is none other than Skype, as the Windows maker has released an alpha version of the client specifically aimed at Linux computers.

After keeping an outdated client that lacked modern functionality available on Linux for so such a long time, Redmond recently decided to kick off a new project that would have the company build a better Skype application for Linux users. Microsoft embraced the same strategy as for Windows 10, and released an early version of Skype for Linux, calling for users to provide feedback and help improve the app.

Now Microsoft is ready to deliver the first Skype for Linux update, and version 1.2 comes with a plethora of improvements, which you can find in full in the box after the jump.

Update highlights

Among the highlights, however, it’s worth mentioning that Skype 1.2, still in alpha development stage, comes with support for HD avatars as well as for the CTRL + Q shortcut to easily quit the application. Furthermore, the Linux client now allows users to change audio and video device settings, an essential feature that comes in handy when tweaking devices for better quality.

Furthermore, after many users reported issues with the client because of longer use, Microsoft focused on improving the stability of the chat service in such conditions, saying that everything should run more smoothly now, no matter how long you’ve been using the app.

There are some other smaller tweaks in this version, including closing the app to the system tray, but also opening the app from tray to bring it to the front and into focus to quickly start a new conversation.

Keep in mind that, just like the original release, this new version is still in alpha stage, so bugs and issues are still very likely to be experienced. Microsoft says that feedback is essential at this point of the development process, so if you wish to see a better Skype for Linux, make sure you report the bugs you come across.

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