Skype for Mac

Skype for Mac

Editors' Rating:
5
Spectacular
Average User Rating:
3.1
out of 331 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
2.8.0.851
File Size:
41.82MB
Date Added:
February 10, 2010
Price:
Free
Operating Systems:
Mac OS X 10.3.9/10.4 Intel/10.4 PPC/10.5 Intel/10.5 PPC/10.6 Intel
Total Downloads:
1,342,410
Downloads Last Week:
3,110
Product ranking:
Additional Requirements:
Not available

Editors' review

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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All User Reviews
  • All Versions:

    3.1

    out of 331 votes

    • 5 star: 83
    • 4 star: 81
    • 3 star: 35
    • 2 star: 39
    • 1 star: 93
  • Current Version:

    3.9

    out of 18 votes

    • 5 star: 5
    • 4 star: 9
    • 3 star: 2
    • 2 star: 1
    • 1 star: 1
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  • 2 stars

    "When does it work?"

    June 06, 2014   |   By just_stuff

    Version: Skype 6.15.59.330

    Pros

    It used to work great.

    Cons

    No longer makes calls... " internal error."

    Summary

    I can't go back to early versions, but would if it would make the program work. I rarely use it, my cell phone is great when there is coverage, and there is less coverage with wifi. I was able to receive a call-lasted over 1.5 hours, but then dropped and never could get it back. Waiting for fixes that work. Recommendation: find something else until this works.

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  • 1 stars

    "UI is horrible"

    April 03, 2014   |   By vmcore

    Version: Skype 6.15.59.330

    Pros

    Can not think of any

    Cons

    Typical Microsoft pile of junk. What use to be great, now is junk. UI is by far worst item, it is only reason I am still using 2.8 version.

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