What's new in Skype 6:
  • Microsoft and Facebook Account Integration - you can now sign into Skype using your Microsoft or Facebook account.
  • IM friends on Messenger - you can instant message your Windows Live Messenger, Hotmail and contacts via Skype.
  • Integration with Microsoft Outlook to allow initiation of a call or message from within Outlook.

Application Details:

Version: 6.x
License: Free to use
Votes: 0
Latest Rating: Silver
Latest Wine Version Tested: 1.7.33

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Test Results

Old test results
The test results for this version are very old, and as such they may not represent the current state of Wine. Please consider submitting a new test report.
Selected Test Results

What works

Normal chat works fine.

File transfers.

Split mode partially works, only the chat part works.

What does not

When in split mode the bigger window throws several OLE access errors, doesn't show up when restarted.

Video and audio don't work(?) possibly my laptop is broken.


What was not tested

Everything else.

Hardware tested


  • GPU:
  • Driver:

Additional Comments

selected in Test Results table below
Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
CurrentLinux Mint 17.1 "Rebecca" x86-64Dec 28 20141.7.33Yes Yes NoSilveran anonymous user 
ShowCentOS 6.6Nov 15 20141.7.31Yes Yes NoBronzeArtem S. Tashkinov 
ShowUbuntu 14.10 "Utopic" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Nov 15 20141.7.31Yes Yes NoBronzean anonymous user 
ShowUbuntu 14.04 "Trusty" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)May 12 20141.7.18Yes No NoGarbagean anonymous user 
ShowCentOS 6.3Jul 03 20131.6-rc4Yes No NoGarbageArtem S. Tashkinov 

Known Bugs

Bug # Description Status Resolution Other apps affected
28457 Gecko incorrectly renders Skype's login page (affects Skype 5.5 and higher) NEW View

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HowTo / Notes

Native version available
There is a native Linux version of Skype available at the official Skype website.

Also you can use Skype for a web browser.
Working with a Windows version of Skype in Wine

In default Wine 1.7.31 installation Skype is more or less functional if you follow these instructions:

  1. Modify Skype's lnk file and add /legacylogin parameter or you won't be able to login.
  2. Before running Skype, run winecfg and set Windows version to 8.1.
  3. After logging in, click View -> Compact View.
  4. You may want to change Wine audio to ALSA if it's set to PulseAudio (some reports indicate that PA is not suitable for Skype).

Now you can use Skype.

If Skype crashes immediately on log in after trying to show unread messages or notifications, set its status to DND on another device.


The following comments are owned by whoever posted them. WineHQ is not responsible for what they say.

A comment from the author of the last submission
by Artem S. Tashkinov on Saturday November 15th 2014, 12:59
Good Evening!

I am writing about the test result I have submitted today about Skype. You asked me to specify Skype version, unfortunately, I did not find a way to edit my submission as I am a new user here. Could you please guide me how to do it? If that is not possible from my side then the version of Skype used by me was but it should work on older and newer versions as well because of the bug fix in the latest release. I also managed to partially fix the audio. I needed to switch the Windows version to Vista/7/8.1 and run this before running skype:

alias wine='PULSE_LATENCY_MSEC=60 wine'

Thank you in advance.

Tomasz Kuczak
by Quirin Pamp on Sunday September 21st 2014, 18:25
linux version requires pulseaudio which I absolutely do not want on my system (pulseaudio has a habit of breaking everything related to sound). Older skype for linux clients that did not require pulseaudio are prevented from connecting to the microsoft servers, so the linux version isn't an option for me.
RE: pulseaudio
by juneau on Friday October 31st 2014, 16:53
Now you can use apulse instead PA. Anyway, group video conference still not supported.

by frogzy on Wednesday September 17th 2014, 7:12
linux version doesn't have conference share screen or video