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Skype 2.2 beta 2 Ubuntu screenshot

After more then a year since the last beta, a new Skype beta version has been released today: 2.2 beta.

Skype 2.2 beta brings "Skype Access" support which you can use to connect to "over 500,000 WiFi hotspots worldwide using your Skype Credit", improved audio and video quality.

Other changes in Skype 2.2 beta for Linux:
  • you can now receive a second call while a call is ongoing; you can hold and answer it or join the two calls into a conference call.
  • bug fixes for PulseAudio, KDE Oxygen style issues and more

Well, it's not really what I was expecting after a year of development (in theory anyway) but unfortunately since Skype is not open source, the community can't help.

Oh yeah, I just had to mention this: while their announcement advertises "over 500,000 WiFi hotspots world-wide", the Skype Access window says "over 100,000":


I don't use Skype so I can't really tell if the audio and video quality improved substantially so if you use Skype, let us know in the comments!

Download Skype 2.2 beta for Linux (available for Ubuntu, Debian, Fedora and openSUSE) | Release notes

[via H-Online]