Skype 2.1 Beta 2 for Linux with Screen Sharing
Article by George Norman
On 27 Jan 2010
The other day we were reporting on the ups and downs of the recently released Skype for iPhone 1.3 app. On the upside we mentioned the fact that Skype for iPhone 1.3 has a new cal quality indicator, features hints and tips for new users, and prevents calls from dropping when the iPhone returns from hold. On the downside we mentioned the fact that there’s no push notification nor can you call over 3G.

The absence of push notification is Skype’s fault, because the experience has not been perfected yet. But the option to call over 3G is not; you cannot call over 3G because Apple restricts it.

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Moving away from the iPhone, the company has released Skype 2.1 Beta 2 for Linux. It’s nice to see the development of the IM and VoIP client is moving on – but one cannot but stop and notice how far behind the development process of the Linux version is, compared to the Windows version.

The most noticeable change in Skype 2.1 Beta 2 for Linux is that it supports screen sharing. It is a nice and useful feature that Windows users have been enjoying ever since Skype 4.1 Beta for Windows was released – that was back in May, 2009. Here’s how Skype’s Peter Parkes described the screen sharing feature at the time:

“Have you ever tried to help a friend with their computer? Or take a colleague through a presentation? Or help a friend with their essay? Or show off a killer move in a game? Well, screen sharing in Skype makes doing things like that super-easy. Just click the Share menu in the conversation area of the Skype window. You can share your screen with any other Skype user.”

There are other Skype 2.1 Beta 2 for Linux highlights that we should mention: instant message quoting, support for user interface styling, abuse reporting support, localized time formats support.

If you would like to get Skype 2.1 Beta 2 for Linux, you can download it here.
The Skype 2.1 Beta 2 for Linux release notes are available
here.



Tags: Skype, Skype 2.1 Beta 2 for Linux, Screen sharing
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