After fifteen months of waiting Linux has finally received an update to its Skype client. The new update in the form of Skype 2.2 for Linux is still classed as a beta version but claims to bring with it 49 bug fixes and 23 ‘improvements’.
The main update to the Linux release are improvements to sound and audio together with call waiting and holding, as well as easy conference hosting, and probably the biggest improvement is the addition of support for Skype Access. Which now allows you to get online, with pay as you go internet access using your Skype Credit via WiFi at over 200,000 hotspots worldwide.
Skype have also rolled-out 5.3 for Windows users which provides high quality calls together with improved quality of video received from Skype on mobile devices. Together with users’ presence icons on collapsed contact profile cards and a few other tweaks. Read a full run down on the Skype blog website.