Skype repository missing

For some time I’ve been getting this.

ion@notebook:~> sudo zypper up
[sudo] password for root:
Retrieving repository ‘skype (stable)’ metadata …[error]
Repository ‘skype (stable)’ is invalid.
[skype-stable|https://repo.skype.com/rpm/stable/] Valid metadata not found at specified URL
History:

Please check if the URIs defined for this repository are pointing to a valid repository.
Warning: Skipping repository ‘skype (stable)’ because of the above error.
Some of the repositories have not been refreshed because of an error.
Loading repository data…
Reading installed packages…
Nothing to do.
ion@notebook:~>

Is there a new repository I can use?

Microsoft ended the distribution of Skype via rpm and deb in November 2023. It is only available via Snap or Flatpak. This was announced by Microsoft last year…

https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/skype/forum/all/skype-for-linux-updates/da864865-d9e9-4819-8a5d-8de8934dd312

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Online search produces,

but then I get

 An error occurred while processing your request.

Reference #97.9f3e1602.1717425161.54d8feab

https://errors.edgesuite.net/97.9f3e1602.1717425161.54d8feab

I suspect this means Microsoft doesn’t want us to use rpms. Comments?

Sorry I didn’t see you response before my reply. Is using Snap or Flatpak reasonably secure?

Any advice for other programs suitable to replace skype ?

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