Skype for Linux 4.1 arrives with Microsoft account support

    Date16 Nov 2012
    CategoryLatest News
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    Posted ByAnthony Pell
    Microsoft's Skype division has released version 4.1 of its popular closed source VoIP, video and text chat software for Linux. The latest release of the software, labelled 4.1.0.20, is a major update to the 4.x branch and brings with it enhancements to the application's user interface and several new features, such as support for signing into Microsoft accounts. With version 4.1, code-named "The new buddy", users can now sign into Skype using their Microsoft accounts and can communicate with other users from Messenger, Xbox, Hotmail and Outlook.com. The change is part of Microsoft's plans to retire Windows Live Messenger, formerly known as MSN Messenger, in the first quarter of 2013 and switch these users to Skype; users with both a Skype name and a Microsoft account can merge the two instead of having to switch accounts.
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