Skype

Editors' Rating:
5
Spectacular
Average User Rating:
3.9
out of 1915 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
3.6.0.248
File Size:
27.52MB
Date Added:
February 08, 2008
Price:
Free
Operating Systems:
Windows 2000/XP
Total Downloads:
19,341,252
Downloads Last Week:
34,645
Product ranking:
Additional Requirements:
Windows 2000/XP

Editors' review

Skype is well regarded for offering stable, free VOIP to other Skype users and affordable calling from a PC to a phone, be it a landline or a cell phone. The most recent upgrade makes getting in touch with friends and family--and even complete strangers--much, much easier.

Functionality still varies depending on your Internet connection and what else you're doing with it while using Skype, but they are making some efforts to improve that. When you finish a Skype call, a Web page opens and asks you about the conversation's sound quality. The clean layout combines familiar chat client functions with a dialing interface, so that calling a phone is as simple as entering the desired number and hitting the dial button.

Improvements include conference calling with as many as nine people, video calling, and a browser plug-in that turns phone numbers on Web pages into links that automatically dial via Skype when clicked. There are also Skypecasts, throwbacks to the party-line multiperson telephone conversations from the mid-20th century.

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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    3.8

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    "Restricted hardware"

    September 06, 2014   |   By chr1s8

    Version: Skype 6.20.32.104

    Pros

    Looks nice. Free.

    Cons

    Limited to newer processors.

    Summary

    Be aware! Will not allow video calls on processors older than about 8-10 years, e.g. AMD athlons,AMD AP-range, many others. If your processor does not run the SSE2 instructions, message webcam not found will pop up. Use of versions older than 6.16 is now locked out.

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