From the official download page:
Important notice: All Skype for Linux clients version 4.3 and older will be retired on July 1, 2017. To keep chatting, please install the latest version of Skype for Linux.
Older versions of Skype for Linux (identified by package name
skype) are as of now considered out of date and will be sunset soon. In order to continue using Skype, you will need to install the latest beta version (now linked to from the main page), package name
Uninstall the older Skype using the following command:
sudo apt remove skype skype-bin
Once the old Skype is uninstalled, install the new one:
wget https://go.skype.com/skypeforlinux-64.deb && \
sudo dpkg -i skypeforlinux-64.deb && sudo apt -f install && \
From this point on, you will need to launch the "Skype For Linux" app, not the old "Skype" app.
If you'd rather use
apt to install Skype For Linux, run these commands instead of the above install commands:
dpkg -s apt-transport-https > /dev/null || bash -c "sudo apt-get update; sudo apt-get install apt-transport-https -y"
curl https://repo.skype.com/data/SKYPE-GPG-KEY | sudo apt-key add -
echo "deb [arch=amd64] https://repo.skype.com/deb stable main" | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/skype-stable.list
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install skypeforlinux
Any new updates to
skypeforlinux will be distributed through APT.