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Skype

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Just in time for Windows 8, Skype has now just released a major version update that adds improved integration with Microsoft and Facebook accounts, better messaging, and some minor changes to the user interface.

For those of you who've been living under a rock, Skype is one of the the most popular video chat and voice calling clients amongst our users as well as the world. It offers free calls to other Skype users over the Internet as well as very affordable rates for calling landlines and phones.

Version 6 brings a much simpler registration process, particularly with more integration with Facebook and Microsoft accounts. Now you can sign in with either Facebook or Hotmail and automatically use that as a Skype log-in. The previous version briefly incorporated Facebook features; its synchronization is much more apparent in the latest release. User contacts seemed to sync with profile pictures from more sources and the overall interface also looked cleaner. It wasn't a drastic overhaul, but subtle things like removing mini-banner ads from the bottom of the contact list and thin outlines over the tabs did contribute to a more modern look.

Call quality is still variable, depending on your connection and setup, but our experiences have been very positive. This version seemed more focused on casting a wider net and reducing the barrier to entry to an already excellent service and easing registration woes as new platforms emerge. If you've yet to try out Skype and you're looking for a worthy VoIP client, look no further and click on the green download button.

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    3.9 stars

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    • 3 star: 198
    • 2 star: 96
    • 1 star: 208
  • Current version:

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  • 5.0 stars

    "fine program"

    April 12, 2014  |   By tlrhgjtEthan

    Version: Skype 6.14.32.104

    Pros

    Really easy inteface.Was such a pain to remove all this malware. Enough said.

    Cons

    are you serious? nada.

    Summary

    Does not waste your time. One of the two programs I use daily, the other one is *********. , Don't take my word. See for yourself...

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Laughable rubbish"

    March 20, 2014  |   By longtalker

    Version: Skype 6.14.32.104

    Pros

    Has screen sharing, but even that is now being phased out

    Cons

    Skype is an unbeliavably unstable and amateurish piece of software, given how widespread it is and how much is being invested in it. On both Windows and Android it performs execrably in terms of message delivery, offline pager-type messages and customised visibility (selective invisibility).

    Summary

    Comically bad software. Very glad Gmail now has reliable video in addition to voice chat so I can ditch Skype for good. It definitely isn't going to improve nearly enough as it should to make me reconsider using it.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "woks fine, no problems"

    March 2, 2014  |   By sinbad22

    Version: Skype 6.14.32.104

    Pros

    good picture and sound

    Cons

    none found

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Easy to use"

    March 2, 2014  |   By A. Schwartz

    Version: Skype 6.14.32.104

    Pros

    Cheap and easy to use

    Cons

    Sometimes it does not close properly

    Summary

    Good to connect with people all over the world

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Even my gran can use it, simple yet revolutionary."

    February 23, 2014  |   By Tinnako

    Version: Skype 6.14.32.104

    Pros

    - Very easy to use.
    - You can make it start on start up, and save your details so you rarely have to log in.

    This is worth mentioning because it has real potential in reaching people. I have managed to help multiple elderly and/or very tech illiterate relatives (who don't even really speak English) to use Skype, without problem.

    Cons

    - when the connection on either side is bad, skype can be laggy and unpleasant to use, especially until you've established all the hardware works properly.

    - if you're signing in with hotmail account, it's more likely to sign you out of your devices. And you have to click through a few times before you can sign in, which is a minus if users are not very tech literate. This is an unneccessary barrier to signing in, and hotmail users should be better integrated when it comes to signing in.

    - The diagnostic stuff is still beyond my relatives, so any simplification would no doubt increase Skype's appeal. However, it's functional and not difficult for most users. There is a lot of potential if they make it a little more user-friendly.

    Summary

    Simple to use, which makes it manageable even for users without much computer experience. If they really want to tap into the 'elderly relative' market, which would be an excellent idea, they could make it even easier to use.

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