Skype is now available in the Linux snap app package format from today, as per an announcement by Canonical, the parent company behind Ubuntu. The move to snaps, a universal package on Linux, makes Skype accessible to more Linux distros than what it currently supports.
It will work with the Linux Mint, Manjaro, Debian, Arch Linux, OpenSUSE, Solus, and Ubuntu distributions going forward.
“Skype has been enabling the world’s conversations for over ten years,” said Jonáš Tajrych, Senior Software Engineer at Skype, Microsoft. “We want to be able to deliver the same high quality experience on Linux as we do on other platforms. Snaps allow us to do just that, by giving us the ability to push the latest features straight to our users, no matter what device or distribution they happen to use.”
“We’re delighted to welcome Skype to the snaps ecosystem,” said Jamie Bennett, VP of Engineering, Devices & IoT at Canonical. “Skype, and the ever growing number of snaps it joins, looks to put the Linux user first, allowing them to enjoy the latest versions upon release and provide a wider range of applications for users to choose from.”
Microsoft has been adopting Linux tools for the past few years, and this Skype news is just one more of Microsoft’s steps to appeal to the open source community.
Linux users can download Skype here.