Skype users on Chrome OS and Linux may feel left out in the cold -- both versions are lacking features that have been on their Mac and Windows counterparts for quite awhile. That's about to change, with a new alpha launch for Linux and the ability for Chromebook users to make voice calls.
Here's how to make voice calls on Skype on a Chromebook:
1. Go to web.skype.com
2. Log in
3. Pick a contact
4. Click on the phone icon to make a call.
Your call will begin.
If you're on Linux, go here (opens in new tab) to download the latest Linux Alpha. It's a WebRTC version that avoids the needs for plugins, and also includes file-sharing and a whole bunch of emoticons.
The Alpha may be a bumpy ride, as the company warns that "Skype for Linux Alpha is not a fully functioning Skype client yet," but it really wanted fans to get to try it.
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