How can a company ( #Microsoft
) claim a software ( #Skype
) is still supported on a Platform ( #Linux
) after 2 years without any release, no bug fixes, losing backward compatibility?
Recently Skype got an update on any platform (Windows, Mac, iPhone, Android, Windows Phone) about video calls, that update broke it for Linux:http://community.skype.com/t5/Linux/Skype-Linux-group-call-doesn-t-work/td-p/4325089
This is the update I'm talking about:http://blogs.skype.com/2016/02/18/announcing-group-video-calling-for-mobile-phones-and-tablets/
Skype Linux user aren't able to enter Group Audio Calls anymore. When someone start a group call the Linux client simply write this in the chat windows:<User name> started a call.
No option to entering the call is given. If the user is in Do Not Disturb mode he do not even get a notification.
We were never able to do Group Video Calls but we could at least enter in audio.
Apparently the only working fix is make a Linux user start the Group Audio Call. This way anyone will be able to join, video will not work for everyone.
The last version of Skype available for Linux is 4.3, released in late June 2014:http://blogs.skype.com/2014/06/18/skype-4-3-for-linux/
The software got an amazing evolution since then: both in features and UI/UX. None of that hit Linux even if the company repeatedly affirmed Linux is still supported:http://community.skype.com/t5/Linux/Skype-5-0-for-linux/m-p/4292632/highlight/true#M13578http://community.skype.com/t5/Linux/Skype-for-linux-latest-version-a-k-a-How-Skype-ruins-my-life/m-p/4235810/highlight/true#M13250http://community.skype.com/t5/Linux/Port-Android-version-to-Linux/m-p/3991185/highlight/true#M12248
They even suggest trying running Skype with WINE which is completely unreliable:https://appdb.winehq.org/objectManager.php?sClass=application&iId=1592
The Skype Linux client send you to the web to see pictures or emoticons posted by other users.
It can crash freezing in place. You have no way to tell other then trying to use it (open and click somewhere / try to write). So you may think you are online but you actually aren't.
You may stop seeing users online even if they are away and the solution to this is asking that user to run a console command and restart Skype (the console command force Skype to use the old, no more supported, version of the communication protocol still being used by Linux Skype)
It's really coward to keep stating they support Linux while the don't. The only reason they do this is to avoid going into press and forcing cross platform friendly companies to look on competitors.