Microsoft will be porting its recently announced redesign of its remote communcations platform Skype to the Linux operating system.
The new Skype design has been widely condemned by users for its heavy use of bright colours, and appearing to imitate services such as Snapchat in design.
So disliked is the new version that it is already in the process of being rewritten for mobile users, starting with the iOS version.
Skype for Business is itself being replaced by Microsoft Teams, part of the Office 365 product rental service and a completely separate entity to Skype of old, though the two will run concurrently for an as yet unspecified time.
As for the Linux version, it's mostly about the UI, but what it does show is that Microsoft remains committed to the platform as part of its drive to get closer to the open source platform.
You don't have to look back very far to see a time when Linux users were making rumblings about legal action over the poor support for Skype in Linux, with a huge gap in features compared to the Windows version and long periods between updates.
Microsoft has been playing catch-up as it tries to bring Skype to a global audience that has expectations different to those of when the original Skype service was set up.
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