Skype 7.x for PC features a new revamped UI, better UI customization and touch support.
This version of Skype works very unreliably under Wine: you cannot login normally, it often crashes, video calls do not work, it may open a certain website multiple times. Your best bet will be to use a native, albeit very old version or use its web browser version at web.skype.com.
What does not
What was not tested
It is not worth trying it... Internet Explorer 8 needs to be installed first in Wine or Play on Linux, I used PlayonLinux. I found a Login workaround (AppDB maintainter: this workaround was published here in AppDB several months ago)! This worked for me: in PlayOnLinux Arguments: Wine version 1.9.10-staging --> configure --> General -->Arguments fill out blanks for your Skype Account like this: /username:"Skype_Name" /password:"Password" You only need it the first Time when you log in it will save the login data. I don't know if you could still improve the performance.
|Operating system||Test date||Wine version||Installs?||Runs?||Used|
|Show||Arch Linux x86_64||Feb 23 2017||2.1||Yes||Yes||Bronze||Kacper|
|Show||Fedora 25 x86_64||Feb 12 2017||2.0||No||Not installable||Garbage||Iain Wilson|
|Show||CentOS 6.8||Feb 10 2017||2.0||Yes||No||Garbage||Artem S. Tashkinov|
|Show||Arch Linux x86_64||Dec 08 2016||1.9.24||Yes||Yes||Bronze||Fabian Maurer|
|Show||Arch Linux x86_64||Jun 16 2016||1.9.11||Yes||Yes||Bronze||Kacper|
|Bug #||Description||Status||Resolution||Other apps affected|
|28457||Gecko incorrectly renders Skype's login page (affects Skype 5.5 and higher)||NEW||View|
|37559||Skype cannot access audio devices unless Windows version is set to 8/8.1||CLOSED||ABANDONED||View|
|37561||Skype cannot access web camera||CLOSED||ABANDONED||View|
|37562||Skype 6.x/7.x opens apps.skype.com in external browser on every start||CLOSED||ABANDONED||View|
|37564||Skype's Help -> About window is totally black||CLOSED||ABANDONED||View|
|38544||Unable to send messages in Skype 220.127.116.11||CLOSED||FIXED||View|In order to run Skype 7 in Wine you have to modify Skype's lnk file and add /legacylogin parameter or you won't be able to login. In order to enable audio in Skype you have to change Windows version to 8.1 using winecfg. Updated how-to for most recent Skype releases:
For best results create a separate fresh wineprefix.
1. Download and install Skype.
2. Install Internet Explorer 8.0 using winetricks. Opt out of the improvement survey and do not install updates (it won't work anyway).
3. Run winecfg and set Windows version to 8 or 8.1.
4. Modify Skype's lnk file to include your username and password:
Currently video calls don't work in Skype 7.