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Download Editors' Rating:
5
Spectacular
Average User Rating:
3.9
out of 1929 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    2.0.0.81
  • Total Downloads:
    20,153,524
  • Date Added:
    Feb. 09, 2006
  • Price:
    Free

Editors' Review

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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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User Reviews
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  • Current Version

    4.2

    out of 129 votes

    • 5 star 70
    • 4 star 36
    • 3 star 9
    • 2 star 8
    • 1 star 6
  • All Versions

    3.9

    out of 1929 votes

    • 5 star 801
    • 4 star 615
    • 3 star 198
    • 2 star 100
    • 1 star 215
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5 stars

"Excellent!"

March 17, 2006  |  By Spown8661

 |  Version: Skype 2.0.0.81

Pros

The voice is great when NOT using a webcam.

Free long distnace calls

Great potential

#1 IM used in Europe

Easy to use

Cons

It has some issues when using webcam but it's only a beta version so... I guess it's fair that Skype is an excellent VoIP and IM software.

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5 stars

"Works Great!"

July 22, 2015  |  By Seth Walker

 |  Version: Skype 7.6.85.105

Pros

Fast, easy, and popular.

Cons

None. Works Fine.

Summary

This program is my favorite, some people are just butt hurt that their pc is ancient.

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1 stars

"Unstable and resource hog."

July 14, 2015  |  By Buddy1971

 |  Version: Skype 7.6.85.105

Pros

It's free for video chat.

Cons

It crashes your computer and uses excessive resources even when it is supposed to be idle. It logs itself in, even when you don't want to. It gave me nothing but trouble.

Summary

I had to uninstall Skype, and I'm not looking to try it again. I will not install it in my new Windows 8.1 machine, and I won't install it after the Windows 10 upgrade. After seeing so many negative reviews here, and horror stories from friends, I feel I am making the right decision. I gave it one-half star.

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1 stars

"Microsoft at it again..."

June 22, 2015  |  By jandsm5321

 |  Version: Skype 7.6.80.103

Pros

It's Skype, it's free.

Cons

Broke my computer.

Summary

I don't even know how Microsoft manages this garbage... I let it update and how it's giving "not enough space to complete this action" errors constantly.

That is, after I had to re-install my video driver (how did they break that?) and I had to reinstall Google Chrome (stealthily destroying the competition or something?)

Each update I install causes more issues.

Updated on Jun 22, 2015

Why does this program need over half a gig of RAM just to sit idle??

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2 stars

"Unreliable, used to be a lot better"

May 16, 2015

 |  Version: Skype 7.4.0.102

Pros

Free
That is it really

Cons

Keeps dropping calls, unreliable connection.
I hate the fake ring when dialing out as I never know if the call is actually connected just not answered or indeed there is a connection error.
It is eating CPU and battery, my phone wound go flat in about an hour after being on Skype.

Summary

I have been using Skype for many years now and was completely satisfied up until a couple of years ago. I would gladly change to an alternative but unsure which one to pick as there doesn't seem to be a better one.

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5 stars

"Been using for long time now and no trouble at all."

March 27, 2015  |  By HawkenSalvadore

 |  Version: Skype 7.2.0.103

Pros

Been using for long time now and no trouble at all.

Cons

Thanks a lot. it is good.

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5 stars

"Great tool, no nagging appearance."

December 24, 2014  |  By MeikleLally

 |  Version: Skype 7.0.0.102

Pros

Undoubtedly a good software. I recommend to you.

Cons

Nothing. just download and use it.

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2 stars

"....................."

November 16, 2014  |  By mac1949

 |  Version: Skype 6.22.81.105

Pros

Skype is a good service on the computer.

Cons

but the Skype recommended hand held phone (Dualphone) has problems with it. It was a great phone when it first came on the market but the manufacturers refuse to update the software, They seem to take your money for the phone and then do not won't to know anymore.

Summary

Was a good product, but support from Skype & it's hardware team is dropping off.
Maybe worth looking at other VOIP providers.

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5 stars

"It's a pretty good product"

November 05, 2014  |  By crassaiyjq

 |  Version: Skype 6.21.32.104

Pros

Very suitable for me to use, really

Cons

No bad comments yet

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1 stars

"New look, and just as buggy."

November 04, 2014  |  By jandsm5321

 |  Version: Skype 6.21.32.104

Pros

Free
Somewhat light on the internet usage.
That's about it.

Cons

Slow
Takes even more memory
Hard to read interface (everything is the same color)
Constantly takes 100% CPU, slowing down my entire computer.

Summary

For the last several versions Skype starts fine, but I get about half a sentence typed in and it freezes. It's CPU usage maxes out, slows down my computer, and even keeps my computer from shutting down unless I manually kill it before shutting down.

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5 stars

"Very beautiful for me"

November 03, 2014  |  By pigqeetpu

 |  Version: Skype 6.21.32.104

Pros

Very beautiful for me

Cons

No bad comments yet

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Full Specifications

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General
Publisher Skype
Publisher web site http://skype.com/
Release Date February 09, 2006
Date Added February 09, 2006
Version 2.0.0.81
Category
Category Communications
Subcategory Web Phones & VoIP Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 2000/XP
Additional Requirements Windows 2000/XP
Download Information
File Size 38.81MB
File Name SkypeSetupFull.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 20,153,524
Downloads Last Week 9,682
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License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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