Skype

Download Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
3.9
out of 1924 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    4.1.0.166
  • Total Downloads:
    19,727,617
  • Date Added:
    Sep. 06, 2009
  • Price:
    Free

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

    4.1

    out of 57 votes

    • 5 star 21
    • 4 star 26
    • 3 star 5
    • 2 star 2
    • 1 star 3
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    out of 1924 votes

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    • 2 star 99
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5 stars

"Better speed"

October 12, 2009  |  By wobo1955

 |  Version: Skype 4.1.0.166

Pros

If I use my UMTS-Modem, I need a fast response. It's for using Voice-functionality a better quality.

Cons

One Tool for Communication.

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4 stars

"Great tool for keeping in contact."

October 12, 2009  |  By kmdw

 |  Version: Skype 4.1.0.166

Pros

The user friendly layout.

Cons

Time delay seems to be the biggest drawback.

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5 stars

"Great to keep in touch with friends and family."

October 11, 2009  |  By BrendaDee

 |  Version: Skype 4.1.0.166

Pros

Easy to use.

Cons

Can't use the screen feature to see all the family members at once.

Summary

I can keep in touch with my family, by voice, near and far away.

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4 stars

"Wonderful produt"

October 10, 2009  |  By Edimaub

 |  Version: Skype 4.1.0.166

Pros

Everything

Cons

I don't have any..

Summary

It's really being a nice and good experience.... Nice features and functionality..

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4 stars

"Skype has grown up."

October 08, 2009  |  By brantgurga

 |  Version: Skype 4.1.0.166

Pros

Skype has grown up and doesn't default to making calls anymore. It has a unified user interface as well.

Cons

Skype hasn't grown to work well in the UAC environment of Windows when it comes to the SkypeExtras. The browser plugin for Internet Explorer can be quite slow and cause crashes as well.

Summary

Excluding any add-on functionality, Skype is one of the best online calling and instant messaging clients.

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5 stars

"Perfect for VoiP"

October 06, 2009  |  By mtpockit

 |  Version: Skype 4.1.0.166

Pros

The clarity of calls, either computer to computer or to land lines or cell phones, is the best of any program I've tried.

Cons

I know on none...

Summary

I only use Skype for voice IMs and phone calls, and occasionally video calls, so my comments and ratings only take this into account. There are probably many other features that it is supposed to do and doesn't, but again, I don't use or need all of it's extra. I definitely believe in Skype..

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3 stars

"great replacement for phone line"

October 06, 2009  |  By javabnz

 |  Version: Skype 4.1.0.166

Pros

cheap calls long distance

Cons

fade outs, echoes, hard to hold pc on shouldewr when walkin around ... LOL

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3 stars

"Let me down"

October 04, 2009  |  By au79scorpion

 |  Version: Skype 4.1.0.166

Pros

good for free calls

Cons

new version does not recognize my HP Pro webcam,the last one did :-(

Summary

good for calls,maybe needs some capatability upgrades.

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4 stars

"Good but could be better"

October 04, 2009  |  By Vinnyarsenal

 |  Version: Skype 4.1.0.166

Pros

good talking for long distance

Cons

could be better

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4 stars

"makes communication easy, no matter the distance."

October 04, 2009  |  By glaubmr

 |  Version: Skype 4.1.0.166

Pros

gives automatic offer of a list of relevant names from my address book whom are connectet to skype; makes possible various ways of communication (talk, video-talk, write, send files & pictures).

Cons

help and directions of use are clumsy and not friendly, many times I give up; difficult to explain how to use to people who do not use it.

Summary

an excellent idea for people who are handy at the computer and its gadgets, and seek easy commucation.

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Full Specifications

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General
Publisher Skype
Publisher web site http://skype.com/
Release Date September 06, 2009
Date Added September 06, 2009
Version 4.1.0.166
Category
Category Communications
Subcategory Web Phones & VoIP Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows, Windows XP, Windows 2000, Windows Vista
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 1.48MB
File Name SkypeSetup.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 19,727,617
Downloads Last Week 18,960
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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