Skype

Download Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
3.9
out of 1924 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    4.2
  • Total Downloads:
    19,727,617
  • Date Added:
    Feb. 25, 2010
  • Price:
    Free

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

    3.9

    out of 95 votes

    • 5 star 29
    • 4 star 42
    • 3 star 13
    • 2 star 6
    • 1 star 5
  • All Versions

    3.9

    out of 1924 votes

    • 5 star 799
    • 4 star 615
    • 3 star 198
    • 2 star 99
    • 1 star 213
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4 stars

"Use it exclusively . Have 2 accounts"

May 21, 2010  |  By tjaxsun

 |  Version: Skype 4.2

Pros

Everything aspect. It sits there waiting for you to use it...... Extras offered good also..

Cons

It should give you the option of searching different mail providers.

Summary

excellent service...

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4 stars

"No comments at this stage as computer system crashed."

May 20, 2010  |  By Robin Hugh

 |  Version: Skype 4.2

Pros

See bottom line summary.

Cons

see bottom line summary

Summary

Will report more fully after my next contact with overseas relatives

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2 stars

"Annoying music"

May 20, 2010  |  By Dale O. Ferrier

 |  Version: Skype 4.2

Pros

Not much. It is very annoying

Cons

Too intrusive. I had to delete it to keep it from taking over my start up

Summary

Not very useful

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4 stars

"It is handy easy to operate. Makes impossible possible."

May 18, 2010  |  By leoamani

 |  Version: Skype 4.2

Pros

I am happy to see when others are on line and can choose to skype them It is wonderful to talk and listen and even SEE my interlocutors! The same is true of chatting. Some do not have webcam facilities and so the chat is a very convenient substitute

Cons

The unwelcome visitors seeking friends, etc. One even insulted me...

Summary

In general, a wonderful product. Thanks!

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5 stars

"Works perfectly"

May 12, 2010  |  By lynelledb

 |  Version: Skype 4.2

Pros

Quick to learn, easy to use no problems at all

Cons

No problems

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4 stars

"does as advertised"

May 09, 2010  |  By beaudoin_p

 |  Version: Skype 4.2

Pros

free, works

Cons

have no complaints

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3 stars

"SERVICE IS INCONSISTENT ON OVERSEAS CALLS"

May 07, 2010  |  By greyhound_gal49

 |  Version: Skype 4.2

Pros

PROS: The cost, ease of use, user interface. Add ons do not always work, but are fun to use when they do work. Sound and connectivity with calls placed within USA so far is consistent and good.

Cons

CONS:Poor quality with overseas calls. There is lag, with both callers being 'stepped on'. The sound quality is poor, alternating between being loud and clear and low and muffled, which cannot be corrected by mic or speaker adjustments.

Summary

BOTTOM LINE: I like SKYPE for placing calls within the USA, where the call quality is good and the cost is great! For overseas calls, the cost is great, but at this point the quality of the call leaves alot to be desired. I have experienced much better quality on chat programs. My friend in the UK calls worldwide using SKYPE, and he states that he never has any issues unless he is speaking to me. For all I know, the issue could be on my end w my wi-fi connection. That is why I gave it only 3 stars.
SKYPE is an application which is continually improving and evolving.
SKYPE is still a program that I would highly recommend to others to use. With SKYPE, consumers can now place long distance phone calls that are very affordable. This is very important to many in these hard times. It is about time that we finally have the choice of a viable alternative to the unreasonable rates that are traditionally charged by the major phone carriers!

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5 stars

"Nice improvements"

May 07, 2010  |  By jebernauer

 |  Version: Skype 4.2

Pros

Better interface

Cons

Too many spammers

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3 stars

"Where did the customer services reps go?!?!?"

May 07, 2010  |  By d-skypeuser

 |  Version: Skype 4.2

Pros

can access all over world but not their customer service reps are unreachable

Cons

Skype doesnt have over the phone customer service or chat help!
The only do is send emails with help but everytime you reply you someone else.
There for the solutions is everytime different and not giving answer to your questions or concerns

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5 stars

"Skype got me in touch, I got the landline no. to call!"

May 07, 2010  |  By Stefan_Wels

 |  Version: Skype 4.2

Pros

As Above.0

Cons

As above.0

Summary

Good at finding people, but nt as good as a two way landline call!

Updated on May 7, 2010

I have yet to try out the two way video calling facility! Lucky dip!

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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 XP, Windows, Windows Vista, Windows 7
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 1.48MB
File Name SkypeSetup.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 19,727,617
Downloads Last Week 18,960
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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