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Microsoft enables Linux desktop users to send SMS text messages with latest Skype Alpha

Linux-based desktop operating systems can sometimes be incredible for productivity and pretty much secured. There are some things regular computer users are missing.  Some features and applications may not be available for Linux.

Unlike WIndows 10 and MacOS, they both have a lot of available software in the market that does not run on Linux. One great example of this would be Microsoft Office and Adobe Photoshop. These software may not be available for Linux but there are great alternatives such as LibreOffice and Gimp just to name a few.

Microsoft’s newly released Skype for Linux Alpha 1.3 has a very nifty feature added to it. It allows users to send SNS text messages using the Linux Operating System.


There are other web-based solutions such as Google Voice which  have long allowed the sending of text messages via a web browser. It is not a very convenient option on sending SMS text messages. However, Skype for Linux Alpha 1.3 makes it convenient by adding this feature.


Microsoft shared the following new aspects of the 1.13 version of Skype.

  • Enabled SMS sending
  • Update to Electron 1.4.7
  • Support for remote escalation of the 1-1 call to group call
  • Improved crash reporting
  • Added support for authentication token revocation
  • Bugfixes and performance improvements

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