Skype

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

Version:
4.1.0.166
File Size:
27.09MB
Date Added:
September 06, 2009
Price:
Free
Operating Systems:
Windows 2000/XP/Vista
Total Downloads:
19,089,335
Downloads Last Week:
32,146
Product ranking:
Additional Requirements:
Not available

Editors' review

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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  • 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: 21
    • 4 star: 26
    • 3 star: 5
    • 2 star: 2
    • 1 star: 3
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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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