Skype

Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
3.9
out of 1912 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
3.8.0.180
File Size:
27.09MB
Date Added:
October 06, 2008
Price:
Free
Operating Systems:
Windows 2000/XP
Total Downloads:
19,083,503
Downloads Last Week:
32,146
Product ranking:
Additional Requirements:
Windows 2000/XP

Editors' review

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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All User Reviews
  • All Versions:

    3.9

    out of 1912 votes

    • 5 star: 791
    • 4 star: 616
    • 3 star: 198
    • 2 star: 97
    • 1 star: 210
  • Current Version:

    4.1

    out of 57 votes

    • 5 star: 29
    • 4 star: 16
    • 3 star: 5
    • 2 star: 2
    • 1 star: 5
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  • 1 stars

    "Yup, won't install here either."

    May 29, 2014   |   By jandsm5321

    Version: Skype 6.16.32.105

    Pros

    None, Skype has gotten so useless lately.

    Cons

    Setup program wouldn't install Skype.

    Summary

    Skype v6.16.10? started freezing, stealing memory and crashing my computer so I had to uninstall it. Now I try to download the latest version and the setup program here doesn't work. It just gets to the point of saying "installing" but the progress bar never advances.

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  • 1 stars

    "Yet another Skype update that won't install"

    May 26, 2014   |   By LesWilkins

    Version: Skype 6.16.32.105

    Pros

    None - I can't use it.

    Cons

    Yet again this update will not install - it's disappointing that this keeps happening with Skype but with no other programs that I download. There are various suggestions online to rectify this, but it shouldn't be necessary and I can't be bothered.

    Summary

    I don't use it much, so I'll stick with the previous version, and hope the next update installs correctly.

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