Skype

Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
3.9
out of 1912 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
4.2.0.187
File Size:
27.09MB
Date Added:
May 21, 2010
Price:
Free
Operating Systems:
Windows XP/Vista/7
Total Downloads:
19,059,887
Downloads Last Week:
33,081
Product ranking:
Additional Requirements:
Not available

Editors' review

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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All User Reviews
  • All Versions:

    3.9

    out of 1912 votes

    • 5 star: 791
    • 4 star: 616
    • 3 star: 198
    • 2 star: 97
    • 1 star: 210
  • Current Version:

    4.2

    out of 116 votes

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

    "Yup, won't install here either."

    May 29, 2014   |   By jandsm5321

    Version: Skype 6.16.32.105

    Pros

    None, Skype has gotten so useless lately.

    Cons

    Setup program wouldn't install Skype.

    Summary

    Skype v6.16.10? started freezing, stealing memory and crashing my computer so I had to uninstall it. Now I try to download the latest version and the setup program here doesn't work. It just gets to the point of saying "installing" but the progress bar never advances.

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  • 1 stars

    "Yet another Skype update that won't install"

    May 26, 2014   |   By LesWilkins

    Version: Skype 6.16.32.105

    Pros

    None - I can't use it.

    Cons

    Yet again this update will not install - it's disappointing that this keeps happening with Skype but with no other programs that I download. There are various suggestions online to rectify this, but it shouldn't be necessary and I can't be bothered.

    Summary

    I don't use it much, so I'll stick with the previous version, and hope the next update installs correctly.

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