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Chromebooks Can Now Make Skype Calls. Here's How.

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

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 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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Andrew joined in 2015, reviewing computers and keeping up with the latest news. He holds a M.S. in Journalism (Digital Media) from Columbia University. A lover of all things gaming and tech, his previous work has shown up in Kotaku, PCMag and Complex, among others. Follow him on Twitter @FreedmanAE.