Skype

Download Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
3.9
out of 1916 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    4.1.0.166
  • Total Downloads:
    19,519,609
  • Date Added:
    September 06, 2009
  • File Size:
    27.54MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    29,258
  • 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

    4.1

    out of 57 votes

    • 5 star 21
    • 4 star 26
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  • All Versions

    3.9

    out of 1916 votes

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    • 4 star 615
    • 3 star 198
    • 2 star 98
    • 1 star 211
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    "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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    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 Vista, Windows 2000
    Additional Requirements None
    Download Information
    File Size 27.54MB
    File Name SkypeSetup.msi
    Popularity
    Total Downloads 19,519,609
    Downloads Last Week 29,258
    Pricing
    License Model Free
    Limitations Not available
    Price Free

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