How to Install Skype 5.0 for Linux in Ubuntu 16.04, 16.10

Skype Beta for Linux - Finally, the latest Skype 5.0 for Linux has been released!. Since the launch of Skype for Linux Alpha a few months ago, Skype have been focused on building a new experience that is in line with Skype's ongoing transition from peer-to-peer to a modern cloud architecture. Yep, Skype for Linux now in the Beta stage!

This update includes features that make it easier for you to use Skype for Linux for your everyday communications needs. They have been listening to users and added in some of your top requests.

What''s New in Skype 5.0 for Linux?

How to Install Skype 5.0 for Linux in Ubuntu 16.04, 16.10

The images above is how latest Skype looks like in my Ubuntu 16.04 LTS. In addition to performance improvements and bug fixes they've added some new features including :

1. Calling Updates

Calls to mobiles and landlines with Skype credit, one-to-one video calls can be made from Linux to Skype users the latest versions of Skype for Android, iOS, Windows, and Mac.

2. Better Collaboration

Linux users can now view shared screens from other Skype desktop clients (Windows 7.33 and above, Mac 7.46 and above).

Also on Linuxslaves :

3. Usability Improvements

Unity launcher now shows the number of unread conversations, online contacts in contact list now include Away and Do Not Disturb statuses.

Installing Latest Skype 5.0 in Ubuntu / Linux Mint

The new Skype can be installed from Skype repository. To do so, simply follow the instructions below :

Step 1 - Open terminal window via Unity Dash, or by pressing Ctrl+Alt+T

Step 2 - Please ensure, you have apt-transport-https installed :

dpkg -s apt-transport-https > /dev/null || bash -c "sudo apt-get update; sudo apt-get install apt-transport-https -y"

Type your Ubuntu's password to confirm the commands

Step 3 - Get and install Skype GPG key :

curl | sudo apt-key add -

Step 4 - Next, add Skype apt respository into your Ubuntu :

echo "deb [arch=amd64] stable main" | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/skype-stable.list

Step 5 - Once added, simply run the command below to get package information from all configured sources :

sudo apt update

Step 6 - Now you can install Skype Beta by running the following :

sudo apt install skypeforlinux

That's it!

So that's all I can write about the step-by-step to do to install Skype 5.0 ( latest version ) in Linux : Ubuntu 16.04 Xenial Xerus, 16.10 Yakkety Yak and its derivatives such as Linux Mint and Elementary OS. Thanks for visiting us!