Skype

Editors' Rating:
5
Spectacular
Average User Rating:
3.9
out of 1914 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
1.3.0.57
File Size:
1.6MB
Date Added:
July 16, 2005
Price:
Free
Operating Systems:
Windows 2000/XP
Total Downloads:
19,274,056
Downloads Last Week:
47,668
Product ranking:
Additional Requirements:
Windows 2000/XP

Editors' review

Getting in touch with friends and family is easy with this Internet telephone software, but the functionality is conditional. Skype offers a graphically pleasing interface that's much like a chat program. To make calls, you'll need to create a contact list of friends and family or use the phone-like interface to dial people directly. You also can access a pull-down menu for painless conference calls of up to four people. To make free calls, both parties will need to have the Skype software installed. To call regular phones, you'll need to sign up for a plan with SkypeOut, the developer's paid service that offers cheap by-the-minute calling. We like the intuitive chat-like interface of Skype and we were surprised at the excellent sound quality, even with regular desktop speakers. Similar to a chat client, you can set your availability status, but we also would like to see a missed call indicator or, better yet, some form of voice mail. Overall, we think Skype is a strong contender in the Internet Telephony category, and anyone who's interested in talking for free should give it a try. For international callers who have computers, this program is a no-brainer solution for long-distance bills.

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  • All Versions:

    3.9

    out of 1914 votes

    • 5 star: 792
    • 4 star: 616
    • 3 star: 198
    • 2 star: 98
    • 1 star: 210
  • Current Version:

    3.9

    out of 24 votes

    • 5 star: 14
    • 4 star: 4
    • 3 star: 1
    • 2 star: 0
    • 1 star: 5
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  • 2 stars

    "So far, not so great"

    August 06, 2014   |   By Wood5440

    Version: Skype 6.18.32.105

    Pros

    Nothing better than the old version so far as I am concerned. I'm not a mobile phone user, so any improvements in that regard are going to miss me.

    Cons

    I use Skype in Windows 8, usually on the XP replica desktop. I teach students through the internet so I need to use Word, Firefox and Skype at the same time. Previously I could show all three windows simultaneously on my monitor and see my own camera output in a small inset window in a corner. I had no trouble switching from the XP to Metro tiles desktops. But no longer.......I must choose. I can get the Skype audio, Word and Firefox but no Skype video and no camera output monitor on the XP desktop, or I can get Skype audio and video and nothing else on the Windows 8 desktop. I have also yet to figure out how to pin a Skype shortcut to the XP desktop, or even how to launch Skype from that desktop.
    At this point, I am not a happy camper.

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  • 5 stars

    "performs all functions i need."

    August 04, 2014   |   By BoldtHershey

    Version: Skype 6.18.32.105

    Pros

    Simple, efficient, no problems

    Cons

    No cons, quite happy with it.

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