Skype

Download Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
3.9
out of 1923 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    3.8.0.180
  • Total Downloads:
    19,613,836
  • Date Added:
    October 06, 2008
  • File Size:
    42.48MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    23,023
  • Operating Systems:
    Windows 2000/XP

Editors' Review

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In some ways, Skype's latest offering takes a step back, but in many, it's a jump forward. In version 4.0, Skype's VoIP app for text, audio, and video calls refocuses on Skype's core competency (and most formidable challenge) of delivering high-quality audio and video calls over the Internet. A new sound engine and bandwidth manager helps keep calls clearer and more stable as talkers reach out across the world, using the spectrum of high- and low-end equipment. The improved sound and video quality were notable in our tests.

Many of Skype's secondary features remain in version 4.0, like conference calling with up to 24 people, IM, history-viewing, file-transferring, and games. Yet some users may decry that public chats have been temporarily omitted, IM isn't terribly interactive, and the Skypecast partyline throwback has gotten the kibosh. Others may chafe against the new interface, a larger block that consolidates the classic two-pane look into a single window. Foreseeing this, Skype has made it possible to split them into two. The new organization places contacts and conversation on side-by-side tabs, and that is surely appreciated.

Anyone who's interested in talking for free should give it a try. For international callers, this program is a no-brainer solution for slashing the long-distance bills.

 
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User Reviews
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  • Current Version

    4.1

    out of 57 votes

    • 5 star 29
    • 4 star 16
    • 3 star 5
    • 2 star 2
    • 1 star 5
  • All Versions

    3.9

    out of 1923 votes

    • 5 star 798
    • 4 star 615
    • 3 star 198
    • 2 star 99
    • 1 star 213
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5 stars

"best kvality of skype"

September 09, 2009  |  By surrko

 |  Version: Skype 3.8.0.180

Pros

calling and write

Cons

nothing else

Summary

good kvality of calling

Updated on Sep 9, 2009

good kvality

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4 stars

"It's a nice one"

February 17, 2009  |  By gvs1566

 |  Version: Skype 3.8.0.180

Pros

Unlike other messengers, it's quicker

Cons

Does not have offline messaging facility

Summary

very good & comfortable to use

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4 stars

"used to communicate with college student"

February 16, 2009  |  By pandrz

 |  Version: Skype 3.8.0.180

Pros

Easy to use

Cons

don't have any

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4 stars

"Mostly great. Loose contact occassionally"

February 13, 2009  |  By bredanwine

 |  Version: Skype 3.8.0.180

Pros

Cheap and worldwide ranging

Cons

Can frequently drop connection

Summary



Updated on Feb 13, 2009

occassionally should be occasionally

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5 stars

"can talk to relatives in hong kong- great video & audio"

February 12, 2009  |  By mjshelton21

 |  Version: Skype 3.8.0.180

Pros

easy to download and install. was up and running in 10 minutes.

Cons

none really. would be nice to have video on conference call. hope that will be available in the future.

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4 stars

"It's Great & free"

February 12, 2009  |  By sheryl17

 |  Version: Skype 3.8.0.180

Pros

Chat anywhere for free & you can see loved one's if you have cam

Cons

No con with this product

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5 stars

"great - except where are my movie star good looks?"

February 12, 2009  |  By partners

 |  Version: Skype 3.8.0.180

Pros

none nothing else to say

Cons

none nothing else to say

Summary

as above

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4 stars

"Best Free VoIP out there"

February 12, 2009  |  By mrhondo

 |  Version: Skype 3.8.0.180

Pros

Easy to use and set up
Free calls to other Skype users
for $2.95 a month you can call phones and Cells

Cons

None so far

Summary

I keep in touch with my family for fee... that is the best reason so far!

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5 stars

"The best among a handful video chat programs"

February 12, 2009  |  By Arrow.Maker

 |  Version: Skype 3.8.0.180

Pros

Quick, easy, excellent sound and video.

Cons

No smell-o-vision.

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5 stars

"Best on the WEB"

February 12, 2009  |  By j4mn

 |  Version: Skype 3.8.0.180

Pros

Skype is totally free to communicate with another Skype user anywhere in the world. Video is excellent. It is like speaking face to face with contacts.

Cons

Both parties must be online to make the connection. (The status symbol allows you to know when active,)

Summary

We talk from San Antonio, Texas with children and grand children in the Philippines everyday for about an hour. And the cost for doing that is ZERO. Compared to a telephone call for 60 minutes of $13.69.
Video Quality is Excellent. A grandson was born in May 2008. We are watching him grow as a baby. He is now trying to reach out and hug us online. An awesome way to communicate with friends and family members who are widely separated by distance.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 3.8.0.180
Version 3.8.0.180 added mjpg webcam support and High Quality video support for Logitech Vision Pro.
General
Publisher Skype
Publisher web site http://skype.com/
Release Date October 06, 2008
Date Added October 06, 2008
Version 3.8.0.180
Category
Category Communications
Subcategory Web Phones & VoIP Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows XP, Windows, Windows 2000
Additional Requirements Windows 2000/XP
Download Information
File Size 42.48MB
File Name SkypeSetupFull.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 19,613,836
Downloads Last Week 23,023
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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