Skype

Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
3.9
out of 1915 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
4.0.0.206
File Size:
27.52MB
Date Added:
February 03, 2009
Price:
Free
Operating Systems:
Windows 2000/XP/Vista
Total Downloads:
19,341,252
Downloads Last Week:
34,645
Product ranking:
Additional Requirements:
Windows 2000/XP/Vista

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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    "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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