Skype for Mac

Skype for Mac

Download Editors' Rating:
5
Spectacular
Average User Rating:
3.0
out of 330 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    2.8.0.851
  • Total Downloads:
    1,409,422
  • Date Added:
    Feb. 10, 2010
  • Price:
    Free

Editors' Review

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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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User Reviews
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  • Current Version

    3.9

    out of 18 votes

    • 5 star 5
    • 4 star 9
    • 3 star 2
    • 2 star 1
    • 1 star 1
  • All Versions

    3.0

    out of 330 votes

    • 5 star 82
    • 4 star 78
    • 3 star 35
    • 2 star 38
    • 1 star 97
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4 stars

"Very usefull program and works beautifull."

October 26, 2010  |  By clementepe

 |  Version: Skype 2.8.0.851

Pros

You can contact whith your friends without worry for money if they have te same program

Cons

Nothing to say at the moment.

Summary

Helps people to be in contact fast,free and low cost if you want to comunicate to a phone.

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5 stars

"It is an excellent free phone service."

October 22, 2010  |  By rcjneon

 |  Version: Skype 2.8.0.851

Pros

Both the audio and visual qualities are excellent.

Cons

There is nothing that I don't like about it.

Summary

The perfect alternative to long-distance phone services.

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4 stars

"AS GOOD AS THE PREVIOUS VERSION"

October 20, 2010  |  By cfarrug

 |  Version: Skype 2.8.0.851

Pros

Ease of use

Cons

Requires a strong bandwith

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3 stars

"Does not work with Timbuktu 8.8 (Mac) or 8.6.8 (Win)"

September 16, 2010  |  By shawn.grinter

 |  Version: Skype 2.8.0.851

Pros

Great video facility - use it all the time

Cons

Can't seem to get TB2 to work with it - no error logs just the client won't connect

Summary

Otherwise mostly works great.

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4 stars

"Great Product!"

July 20, 2010  |  By AmyRandles

 |  Version: Skype 2.8.0.851

Pros

Having the ability to speak to your long distance friends and family and actually see them in person.

Cons

The only con that I can think of is that when I installed Skype on my Windows Vista OS it somehow disabled my bluetooth stereo surround. Now when I watch movies I can't use my surround. If there is a fix for this I would love it!

Summary

I have really enjoyed talking to my family on Skype. My son's best friend recently was adopted and moved to California, both of the boys really enjoy getting to see each other while they play games. SKYPE IS A HUGE HIT WITH MY ENTIRE FAMILY!

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4 stars

"Excellent software"

June 11, 2010  |  By tmvarkey

 |  Version: Skype 2.8.0.851

Pros

I like the video calling

Cons

Nothing much to point out

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4 stars

"Easy to use"

June 02, 2010  |  By rsnape

 |  Version: Skype 2.8.0.851

Pros

Very useful

Cons

Problem with password

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2 stars

"cant update this version of skype on OS X Leopard10.5.8"

May 07, 2010  |  By dickd03

 |  Version: Skype 2.8.0.851

Pros

it is a good product use it to call and view grandsons in England

Cons

using 2009 macbook pro with 2.26 ghz intel ore 2 duo & 4 gb 1067 MHz DDR3 memory and 400gb HD.

Summary

when dragging to app folder message comes up "the operation cannot be completed because you do not have sufficient privileges for some of the items

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5 stars

"Simple on my new iMac. Installs effortlessly."

April 05, 2010  |  By ToeKneeSeran

 |  Version: Skype 2.8.0.851

Pros

Great video and great audio. Couldn't ask for more.

Cons

None that i can tell so far.

Summary

I especially liked the installation. Painless. I installed it and then got a call from a friend before i even knew it was all connected. We had a great 30 minute conversation and decided to file an extension for our taxes. What a treat to have a face-to-face with our accountant.

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5 stars

"Next to my mobile, Skype is my choice of communication."

February 25, 2010  |  By Konszky

 |  Version: Skype 2.8.0.851

Pros

Easy to use, reliable, free, lightweight on the OS

Cons

What´s not to like? It doesn´t make me coffee in the morning?(?)

Summary

Delivers what it promises, no crashes, no problems. Only limitation is the bandwidth of your connection so there is in effect NO limitations... Get it, use it, love it.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 2.8.0.851
Fixed:
  • Platform specific: OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard Skype Access was not working
  • Skype occasionally crashed when the host of a conference call would hang up on one participants during the call
  • Platform specific: OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard Users were unable to call phone numbers via their Mac Address Book
  • Platform specific: OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard Some animated emoticons were not displayed correctly
  • Skype crashed due to invalid avatars (occurred seldom)
  • Users sometimes experienced an "Unable to mount database" error message when launching Skype
  • Skype crashed when a user quit after opening an authorization missed event
  • Platform specific: OS X 10.3 Panther Occasionally Skype crashed right after an account was created
  • Improved notification on how to disable a mood message chat.
General
Publisher Skype
Publisher web site http://skype.com/
Release Date February 10, 2010
Date Added February 10, 2010
Version 2.8.0.851
Category
Category Communications
Subcategory Web Phones & VoIP Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Mac OS X 10.5 PPC, Mac OS X 10.4 Intel, Mac OS X 10.3.9, Mac OS X 10.4 PPC, Mac OS X 10.5 Intel, Mac OS X 10.6 Intel, Macintosh
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 45.47MB
File Name Skype_7.1.665.dmg
Popularity
Total Downloads 1,409,422
Downloads Last Week 3,013
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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