Skype

Download Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
3.9
out of 1923 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    4.1.0.179
  • Total Downloads:
    19,708,335
  • Date Added:
    Oct. 12, 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

    4.0

    out of 87 votes

    • 5 star 36
    • 4 star 32
    • 3 star 9
    • 2 star 3
    • 1 star 7
  • All Versions

    3.9

    out of 1923 votes

    • 5 star 798
    • 4 star 615
    • 3 star 198
    • 2 star 99
    • 1 star 213
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5 stars

"greatestthingsincetoast"

February 19, 2010  |  By malcolmbarrow

 |  Version: Skype 4.1.0.179

Pros

greatestthingsincetoast

Cons

ifyoudontliketoastdonteatit

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5 stars

"have not used product"

February 09, 2010  |  By paulineearl

 |  Version: Skype 4.1.0.179

Pros

have not used product

Cons

have not used product

Summary

have not used product

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4 stars

"I can see no real difference, but its great"

February 06, 2010  |  By dragon1935

 |  Version: Skype 4.1.0.179

Pros

Cheap, fast connection all over the world, what more could anyone want in telecomunications

Cons

None at all thanks

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5 stars

"The best messenger out there!"

January 31, 2010  |  By George the Canadian

 |  Version: Skype 4.1.0.179

Pros

This application has more than you would ever want. Clear voice or video calls without lag. Nice chatting environment and many emoticons. Many games for you and your friends to enjoy. You can also use it to call mobiles and home phones (need credits)

Cons

The credits are very expensive to buy and i would suggest to use another program to call mobiles or other phones. Some rare call drops. Nothing much.

Summary

Definitely a good download to keep your friends and relatives close.

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4 stars

"Works pretty good!"

January 26, 2010

 |  Version: Skype 4.1.0.179

Pros

works as suggested

Cons

Nothing severe have I found yet

Summary

Quality program, and the price is Right!

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2 stars

"I have used skype to call locally and I like it"

January 24, 2010  |  By Shipnai

 |  Version: Skype 4.1.0.179

Pros

It is clear calling places sometimes

Cons

It is too expensive to call different countries. To land lines and cell phones.

Summary

I bought a $10 credit and called Africa for 18 minutes and was left with $3 only.
it is way cheaper to use mobilecaller.com minutes online if you want to make international calls. I have used $10 to speak for more than 1 hour calling someone in Africa and was still left with a lot of credit.

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1 stars

"it won't install"

January 21, 2010  |  By classicride72

 |  Version: Skype 4.1.0.179

Pros

None to report

Cons

IT WON'T INSTALL

Summary

I like Skype but the latest version will not install on my pc. I have no idea why.

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4 stars

"Excellent Conference calls player"

January 19, 2010  |  By neldeeb

 |  Version: Skype 4.1.0.179

Pros

Excellent video and sound

Cons

They need to implement the excellent features found in Yahoo Massenger and ICQ

Summary

c above

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5 stars

"Easy to use and install."

January 14, 2010  |  By Chrisw484976

 |  Version: Skype 4.1.0.179

Pros

I have always liked Skype since I first used it many years ago and the latest Skype is just as good as it has always been.

Cons

I don't like the service when something needs clarifying. It is slow and inefficient.

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5 stars

"Good Video And Sound"

January 13, 2010  |  By Mike98

 |  Version: Skype 4.1.0.179

Pros

Easy to install. Easy to use. Cheap international phone calls. Free Skype to Skype video calls. Everything works perfect. No error(s) and no problem(s). Great for XP, Vista and Windows 7. Skype has logo compatible with 7 and certified for Vista.

Cons

You have to switch off the 2 Skype add ons for the Internet Explorer via Tools, because if you don't, your Internet Explorer crashes when opening more favourites via favourite center.

Summary

When you have the choice between Windows Live Messenger, Yahoo Messenger and Skype, You best can choose Skype, because of no errors and crashes.

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Full Specifications

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General
Publisher Skype
Publisher web site http://skype.com/
Release Date October 12, 2009
Date Added October 12, 2009
Version 4.1.0.179
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 1.48MB
File Name SkypeSetup.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 19,708,335
Downloads Last Week 20,673
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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