Skype 2.2 Beta
<a target="_blank" href="http://skype.com/" rel="external"> Skype</a> has <a target="_blank" href="http://blogs.skype.com/linux/2011/04/2_2_beta.html" rel="external">announced</a> its latest beta version (18.104.22.168) of its closed source P2P VOIP (Voice Over IP), video and text chat application. The new beta adds support for <a target="_blank" href="http://www.skype.com/intl/en/features/allfeatures/skype-access/" rel="external">Skype Access</a>, which allows users to use Skype credit to access 200,000 Wi-Fi hotspots. Linux users are not getting the controversial UI modifications of the recent Mac OS X update to Skype 5.
According to Skype there are also improvements to audio, video quality and reliability and the "multiple calls" scenario has been resolved, allowing users to receive a second call whilst on a call. The company also says it has fixed PulseAudio issues for Ubuntu users and graphics issues for KDE users using the default Oxygen style. Full details of all the changes are available in the <a target="_blank" href="http://blogs.skype.com/garage/2011/04/skype_22_beta_for_linux_with_s.html" rel="external">release notes</a>, which includes a list of known issues (such as how to install on Ubuntu 11.04 beta 1 and problems with Logitech webcams) and fixed bugs.