Skype

Download Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
3.9
out of 1916 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    4.2
  • Total Downloads:
    19,530,908
  • Date Added:
    February 25, 2010
  • File Size:
    34.37MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    25,899
  • Operating Systems:
    Windows XP/Vista/7

Editors' Review

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A popular and preeminent VoIP communication client, Skype has been steadily adding the features it had stripped out of a major 4.0 update--like call transferring, Skype Access for Wi-Fi hotspots, accessibility provisions, birthday alerts, and the ability to send a contact to other Skype users. Version 4.2 also claims back-end tweaks to ready the popular VoIP app for high-definition video calls, in conjunction with the user's HD Webcam.

Public chats are still absent in version 4.2; IM still isn't terribly interactive; and the Skypecast party line throwback has gotten the kibosh. Anyone who doesn't like the larger block of interface that consolidates the classic two-pane look into a single window can also split them in two.

In addition to placing audio and video calls to other Skype users, mobile phones, and landlines, Skype is also experimenting with screen sharing. Screen sharing initiates a video call, and uses 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 remains 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 landlines and mobile phones, should give Skype a try. For international callers, this program is a no-brainer solution for slashing long-distance bills.

 
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User Reviews
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  • Current Version

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    "performs all functions i need."

    October 14, 2014   |   By ArensPoet

    Version: Skype 6.21.32.104

    Pros

    great! best yet in shareware

    Cons

    all good, no complaints

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    Full Specifications

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    What's new in version 4.2
    • Access to Wi-Fi hotspots with Skype Credit
    • Call transfer to a Skype contact, mobile, or landline
    • Call quality indicator
    General
    Publisher Skype
    Publisher web site http://skype.com/
    Release Date February 25, 2010
    Date Added February 25, 2010
    Version 4.2
    Category
    Category Communications
    Subcategory Web Phones & VoIP Software
    Operating Systems
    Operating Systems Windows, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP
    Additional Requirements None
    Download Information
    File Size 34.37MB
    File Name SkypeSetupFull.exe
    Popularity
    Total Downloads 19,530,908
    Downloads Last Week 25,899
    Pricing
    License Model Free
    Limitations Not available
    Price Free

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