Skype

Download Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
3.9
out of 1917 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    4.1
  • Total Downloads:
    19,530,908
  • Date Added:
    June 30, 2009
  • File Size:
    34.37MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    25,899
  • Operating Systems:
    Windows 2000/XP/Vista

Editors' Review

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After Skype's previous offering took it a step back on the feature set, it's a relief to see version 4.1 reinstate some of those missing baubles--like accessibility provisions, birthday alerts, and the ability to send a contact to other Skype users. Version 4.0 saw Skype reworked, stripped down to its core competency (and most formidable challenge) of delivering high-quality audio and video calls over the Internet. The improved sound and video quality, were notable in our tests, the result of Skype 4.0's sound engine and bandwidth manager.

Public chats have also been temporarily omitted in version 4.x, IM still isn't terribly interactive, and the Skypecast partyline throwback has gotten the kibosh. Those chafing against the larger block of interface that consolidates the classic two-pane look into a single window can also split them in two.

But the real news in this minor version is a major feature: screen sharing. Screen sharing initiates a video call, using that technology to broadcast a recording of your screen--either a portion or the full screen--to one other viewer. Screen sharing has some limitations: you can't simultaneously see a video of your buddy and their desktop, and since only one viewer at a time can peep your screen, you can't use it as a free replacement for collaborative Web conferencing. It doesn't help that the picture quality is still choppy and fuzzy, in both partial-screen and full-screen view modes. Make no mistake, though: it's a great feature that we're happy to see added, but we'll be even happier to watch it improve.

Skype's central theme, though, is cheap calling from the desktop. Anyone who's interested in talking for free from Skype-to-Skype, or cheaper by purchasing Skype credit to call land lines and mobile phones, should give Skype a try. For international callers, this program is a no-brainer solution for slashing those long-distance bills.

 
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User Reviews
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  • Current Version

    3.8

    out of 64 votes

    • 5 star 19
    • 4 star 30
    • 3 star 6
    • 2 star 3
    • 1 star 6
  • All Versions

    3.9

    out of 1917 votes

    • 5 star 795
    • 4 star 615
    • 3 star 198
    • 2 star 98
    • 1 star 211
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5 stars

"Appearance is very beautiful, I love it"

October 22, 2014  |  By KenworthyLeete

 |  Version: Skype 6.21.32.104

Pros

Helpful and easy to use!!

Cons

No cons, quite happy with it.

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5 stars

"performs all functions i need."

October 14, 2014  |  By ArensPoet

 |  Version: Skype 6.21.32.104

Pros

great! best yet in shareware

Cons

all good, no complaints

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 4.1
Version 4.1 adds screensharing tools and audio and video enhancements.
General
Publisher Skype
Publisher web site http://skype.com/
Release Date June 30, 2009
Date Added June 30, 2009
Version 4.1
Category
Category Communications
Subcategory Web Phones & VoIP Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows Vista, Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 34.37MB
File Name SkypeSetupFull.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 19,530,908
Downloads Last Week 25,899
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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