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Skype for Mac

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If you're looking to make free voice or video calls worldwide, Skype is a great start. Its clean and user-friendly interface makes interaction effortless, so you are ready to go as soon as you launch the app.

During our testing, we were impressed by the video and voice quality of Skype, which uses VoIP (Voice over IP) technology to enable communication worldwide without paying a cent. One of its best features is the chat and mood messages: if you are in the middle of something, you can inform your contacts about it or just type a text message instead of having a voice call. This is a nice feature on its own, but it's also handy if you don't have a microphone.

But this isn't the only feature you'll love: we also enjoyed Skype's ability to handle conference calling, group video calling, and screen sharing. In other words, if you have a reliable Internet connection, Skype can easily replace your phone and lower your communication bills.

To make calls, all you have to do is create a contact list of friends, family, and colleagues, but they must also have Skype, as only Skype-to-Skype calls are free. However, a great addition to the app is its ability to call landlines or mobile phones, but you'll need to purchase Skype credits to take advantage of this feature.

Its chatlike user interface makes Skype very easy to use, yet the key to optimum performance is a reliable Internet connection. As soon as you launch the app and start using it, you will surely place Skype among your favorite apps, just like we did after our test. Skype's useful features and intuitive user interface make the app appropriate for users of all levels.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "How can you beat it for free..."

    January 21, 2010  |   By msw66

    Version: Skype 2.8.0.722

    Pros

    Works great for audio/web cam overseas at no Skype costs

    Cons

    There aren't any. Hook up your web cam if your computer doesn't come with one and download the software - create an account an your done!

    Summary

    I don't see any reason why you wouldn't use it - I have regular contact with people in Sydney Australia and have not one issue

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Can't complain"

    January 18, 2010  |   By kashim26

    Version: Skype 2.8.0.722

    Pros

    Have had many meetings and classes over skype and it works fine.

    Cons

    For the person below who wanted to stop skype loading up every time the mac started - you should check your system preferences -> accounts -> login items

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Skype totally rules"

    January 8, 2010  |   By ctierney

    Version: Skype 2.8.0.722

    Pros

    can video chat free with friends.

    Cons

    none that I can think of.

    Summary

    love it

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Very Disappointing"

    December 27, 2009  |   By stantonj

    Version: Skype 2.8.0.722

    Pros

    LIttle in its favour I cannot contact any of my Microsoft Friends

    Cons

    I run an Apple Mac 10.5.8 . This set up does not even alow me to send a can I contact you to friends. The Explanatory information with this program does not seem to exist in simple language

    Summary

    With my previous computer - Microsoft - the system was all but self explanatory but not with this current Computer.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "ditto to the "who can argue with free phone and video""

    December 27, 2009  |   By XttinaGarnet

    Version: Skype 2.8.0.722

    Pros

    -free video calls
    -nice user interface

    Cons

    -I've had huge trouble searching for people who I know have skype, but they've always found me so I think I just might be missing something here.
    -no integration with other chat services.

    Summary

    Great way to keep in touch with people from far away and free!

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  • 3.0 stars

    "does its thing"

    December 25, 2009  |   By tapasdesai

    Version: Skype 2.8.0.722

    Pros

    it works well

    Cons

    how do you stop it frm starting when you start ur mac ??!!!
    its so annoying !!

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  • 4.0 stars

    "mostly okay but..."

    December 15, 2009  |   By NeilFiertel

    Version: Skype 2.8.0.722

    Pros

    reasonable video and sound with some downsides.

    Cons

    sound duplex not good. If there is a simultaneous speaking as happens, one side is disrupted and no sound is received. This is on a Mac at least.

    Summary

    The digital video processing seems to use a delta program of some sort as anything in the image that is unchanging is sharper than any motion sensed part of the frame. Say, a desk is sharper than the person's head. At first I considered this a focus issue with the webcam but it is not. objects closer and further than the person are sharp..it is the movement of the person that is thus the delta data that is then transmitted and not always in the same resoltution to save transmission bandwidth. The lack of duplex on the sound is annoying but liveable. We have to be very civilised in our conversation and make certain the other has completed the sentence but this is hard at times as there is an appreciable delay with voice at times...

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  • 4.0 stars

    "It's just great!"

    December 12, 2009  |   By mondarmandirsanasini

    Version: Skype 2.8.0.722

    Pros

    Great quality calls, great video call, fast for calling, and it's FREE!

    Cons

    If your internet speed isn't so fast, that would be a kind of little problem. To make a great video calls you need a broadband connection.
    One more, sometimes the calls also drop unexpectedly even in my broadband.

    Summary

    Overall, skype still provides the best voip calling service, and it has nice interface too.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Who can argue with free phone & video calls"

    October 27, 2009  |   By greyfrob

    Version: Skype 2.8.0.722

    Pros

    Video works over a wide range of transmission speeds.

    Cons

    I wish that it worked with iChat

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  • 4.0 stars

    "For the most part I can't do without it."

    October 19, 2009  |   By jmclin886

    Version: Skype 2.8.0.722

    Pros

    Nice to be able to talk to my son i Spain every week for free and even when I cal him on his phone the price is minimal.

    Cons

    Some weeks we have to recall because we get dropped out or we loose part of the conversation

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