Skype

Editors' Rating:
5
Spectacular
Average User Rating:
3.9
out of 1915 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
5.0.0.156
File Size:
1.6MB
Date Added:
October 18, 2010
Price:
Free
Operating Systems:
Windows XP/Vista/7
Total Downloads:
19,255,444
Downloads Last Week:
47,668
Product ranking:
Additional Requirements:
Not available

Editors' review

Popular and preeminent VoIP service Skype has wooed its fair share of people with an itch to ditch the landline and an Internet connection, especially those with international contacts. With its latest update to version 5, the company hopes to win over even more customers and keeping the current ones happy. Skype 5.0 features a streamlined interface, Facebok integration, and videoconferencing functionality.

First, Skype tackled the overall user experience of the software. The new Home page integrates a feed of mood messages from your contacts and yourself, and it offers a variety of tutorials to help you use the various features of the service, from making a video call to signing up for a subscription. The company also aimed to simplify the overall interface in order to make calling, messaging, screen sharing, and file transferring more intuitive and easier to navigate. In addition, the contact search screen now features images and mood messages and offers real-time results.

Skype is also offering a new group-video-calling feature. According to company data, about 40 percent of all Skype-to-Skype minutes were used on video calling. The logical step was to provide a feature that allowed users to chat with more than just one other person. Anyone who downloads version 5 will have a chance to test out the new functionality for free, though it will be a paid extra down the line.

The videoconferencing feature offers a few viewing options. One is the typical side-by-side screen with participants lined up in equal sizes. Then there's the more interesting dynamic view, which increases the size of the person doing most of the talking at any given moment. We got to check this out in a live demo and can see how it would be particularly useful for business calls.

The group video screen also prominently displays the relevant controls along the bottom, as well as a meter that measures call quality. Skype has added a call quality manager that gauges audio and video quality during calls. Automatic call recovery is another new feature that helps users quickly reconnect calls that are interrupted because of Internet connection problems.

Last but not least, Skype now has Facebook integrated seamlessly into the interface. A tab along the top of the screen will take you into your news feed, where you can update your status as well as start Skype calls with various contacts.

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All User Reviews
  • All Versions:

    3.9

    out of 1915 votes

    • 5 star: 793
    • 4 star: 616
    • 3 star: 198
    • 2 star: 98
    • 1 star: 210
  • Current Version:

    3.5

    out of 158 votes

    • 5 star: 53
    • 4 star: 45
    • 3 star: 17
    • 2 star: 14
    • 1 star: 29
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  • 5 stars

    "A Simple, Elegant, and Effective product !"

    August 06, 2014   |   By LibertGillespie

    Version: Skype 6.18.32.105

    Pros

    I recommend this download.

    Cons

    none at this time

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  • 2 stars

    "So far, not so great"

    August 06, 2014   |   By Wood5440

    Version: Skype 6.18.32.105

    Pros

    Nothing better than the old version so far as I am concerned. I'm not a mobile phone user, so any improvements in that regard are going to miss me.

    Cons

    I use Skype in Windows 8, usually on the XP replica desktop. I teach students through the internet so I need to use Word, Firefox and Skype at the same time. Previously I could show all three windows simultaneously on my monitor and see my own camera output in a small inset window in a corner. I had no trouble switching from the XP to Metro tiles desktops. But no longer.......I must choose. I can get the Skype audio, Word and Firefox but no Skype video and no camera output monitor on the XP desktop, or I can get Skype audio and video and nothing else on the Windows 8 desktop. I have also yet to figure out how to pin a Skype shortcut to the XP desktop, or even how to launch Skype from that desktop.
    At this point, I am not a happy camper.

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  • 5 stars

    "performs all functions i need."

    August 04, 2014   |   By BoldtHershey

    Version: Skype 6.18.32.105

    Pros

    Simple, efficient, no problems

    Cons

    No cons, quite happy with it.

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