Skype

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

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    4.2.0.187
  • Total Downloads:
    19,613,836
  • Date Added:
    May 21, 2010
  • File Size:
    42.48MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    23,023
  • 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

    4.2

    out of 116 votes

    • 5 star 48
    • 4 star 52
    • 3 star 10
    • 2 star 4
    • 1 star 2
  • 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

"Connects the world"

December 25, 2010  |  By vag1959

 |  Version: Skype 4.2.0.187

Pros

Easy to use. Love the multi-user feature. Great for conference calls

Cons

No cons at this time

Summary

Really great resource to connect with old classmates, friends and family. Love it!

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5 stars

"the product is good"

October 28, 2010  |  By candyman6464

 |  Version: Skype 4.2.0.187

Pros

i've said it many of time, their no one out their with a better then skype

Cons

i can't say anything bad about it.

Summary

i like the way you'll keep everything in order like date,person who calling,in going or out going.plus all your feature track. the only problem i had in the years with this product was just this . my voice on my end don't come in all the time.

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4 stars

"typical skype"

October 17, 2010  |  By fuelie68

 |  Version: Skype 4.2.0.187

Pros

fairly simple interface

Cons

Have had a couple of crashes, but is probably my PC

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4 stars

"Great phone app"

October 17, 2010  |  By mmm2006

 |  Version: Skype 4.2.0.187

Pros

Reliable, with occasional echo problems. Dropped calls seem to usually be on the other end and attributable to hardware or network problems.

Cons

User interface sometimes hard to figure out. I recently did a conference call with 4 other people and it was difficult to help people do things because it sounded like the GUIs were all different, but we were all using the same version.

Summary

We use it to talk to my in-laws overseas, with usually good quality. Have also used it for conference calls among friends.

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4 stars

"Improving each time"

October 13, 2010  |  By Blackdb

 |  Version: Skype 4.2.0.187

Pros

Who is on line and thus available to call.

Cons

I keep getting a disc full message when there is no way it could be full if I knew what disc it was in the first place,.

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4 stars

"I have some problems on contacting Mexico end the US"

October 13, 2010  |  By redfoxiii777

 |  Version: Skype 4.2.0.187

Pros

Your signal it's to bad! (low)










Good service!

Cons

Signal it's to bad(low)

Summary

Yahoo,signal it's beter than skype,why? I have to change to yahoo,because I have to many problems with your signal! I always loose your signal in the midle of my convertations with Mexico or the US. I'm in Poland

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3 stars

"so so but need to improve"

October 10, 2010  |  By justice99

 |  Version: Skype 4.2.0.187

Pros

The sound quality is good

Cons

the size IM text is too small. there are some delays when send instant message. offline messger is not effective. Do not like the way of downloading

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5 stars

"brilliant,no hassles at all"

October 09, 2010  |  By shirbobs

 |  Version: Skype 4.2.0.187

Pros

the instant contact.

Cons

no complaints

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4 stars

"funziona sempre, limitato solo dalla banda disponibile"

October 07, 2010  |  By T_Stefano

 |  Version: Skype 4.2.0.187

Pros

Facilita' d'uso anche con le webcam.

Cons

Da migliorare il filtro relativo ai contatti: sebbene abbia impostato l'uso solo con i contatti conosciuti, a volte cercano il mio assenso alla conversazione anche persone a m sconosciute

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4 stars

"gotta luv it"

October 07, 2010  |  By tamashii

 |  Version: Skype 4.2.0.187

Pros

desk top swap, share/ send big files..

Cons

nothing so far.....

Summary

It is a great program, does just what it should and more.....

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 4.2.0.187
This update release has fixed a crash issue on video calls for users with some specific web cameras.
General
Publisher Skype
Publisher web site http://skype.com/
Release Date May 20, 2010
Date Added May 21, 2010
Version 4.2.0.187
Category
Category Communications
Subcategory Web Phones & VoIP Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 42.48MB
File Name SkypeSetupFull.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 19,613,836
Downloads Last Week 23,023
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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