Seventeen months after releasing Skype 2.0 for Linux, the Skype team has released a beta version ofSkype 2.1. According to Skype, Skype 2.1 beta adds support to high quality video and super wideband audio that are being used in the Windows and Mac versions. As everyone knows, Skype is quite slow in adding features to Linux version, but the good thing is, they didn’t abandon it.
Here are the new features in Skype 2.1 in Linux:
- Skype’s SILK codec for outstanding sound quality
- High Quality Video
- Send SMS messages
- Organise your contacts with contact groups
- Improvements to chat (typing indicator, new emoticons and message editing)
You can download Skype 2.1 beta from here. I haven’t tried the beta version yet. I have already mentioned about Ubuntu’s webcam issues starting with Ubuntu 8.10. The video quality is pretty bad starting with Ubuntu 8.10 and Ubuntu now recognizes the webcams as generic ones rather than by the camera name. I’m not sure if the fine tuning on Skype side is going to help any better or not. I have to install and check. I hope the video quality is better, so I don’t have to boot into Windows for webcam chat.