Install Skype 5.1 on Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 16.10 via PPA

The new version of Skype 5.1 is now available for download. There are many improvements have been added to this new Skype. Here I will show you how to install Skype 5.1 on Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 16.10 via PPA Repository. By installing Skype via PPA repository, you will get future update via Ubuntu Software Repository which make it even easier to install updates.

The following fixes have been added to the new Skype for Linux

  • Calling updates: Calls to mobiles and landlines with Skype credit, one-to-one video calls can be made from Linux to Skype users on the latest versions of Skype for Android, iOS, Windows, and Mac.
  • Better collaboration: Linux users can now view shared screens from other Skype desktop clients (Windows 7.33 and above, Mac 7.46 and above).
  • Usability improvements: Unity launcher now shows the number of unread conversations, online contacts in contact list now include Away and Do Not Disturb statuses.

Steps to install Skype 5.1 on Ubuntu 16.04

Step 1. Prepare the system

Open Terminal and then copy-paste the following commands. You will be asked to enter your root password.

sudo dpkg -s apt-transport-https > /dev/null || bash -c "sudo apt-get update; sudo apt-get install apt-transport-https -y"

Step 2. Import GPG Key

curl https://repo.skype.com/data/SKYPE-GPG-KEY | sudo apt-key add -

Step 3. Add the PPA Repository

sudo echo "deb [arch=amd64] https://repo.skype.com/deb stable main" | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/skype-stable.list

Step 4. Install Skype

sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install skypeforlinux

Now you can start using Skype 5.1 to call your friends or family via Internet protocol. Thanks for reading this how to install Skype on Ubuntu 16.04 Ubuntu 16.10 via PPA Repository.

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