Skype

Download Editors' Rating:
5
Spectacular
Average User Rating:
3.9
out of 1923 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    5.1.0.112
  • Total Downloads:
    19,708,335
  • Date Added:
    Apr. 05, 2011
  • Price:
    Free

Editors' Review

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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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User Reviews
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  • Current Version

    4.3

    out of 24 votes

    • 5 star 10
    • 4 star 11
    • 3 star 3
    • 2 star 0
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    • 2 star 99
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5 stars

"Great for all calls"

April 18, 2011  |  By hotcana

 |  Version: Skype 5.1.0.112

Pros

Great for international calls to normal pay phone for very low price

Cons

You always need a internet connection

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5 stars

"I really like it."

April 16, 2011  |  By rog409

 |  Version: Skype 5.1.0.112

Pros

I talk & see my brother in Clarksville, Tn.

Cons

No cons at this time.

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5 stars

"A way of life"

April 15, 2011  |  By shegra2

 |  Version: Skype 5.1.0.112

Pros

It's always there when you need it

Cons

I miss the freedom of Skype casts

Summary

I find Skype invaluble

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4 stars

"Still the best free video chat."

April 15, 2011  |  By dadgs

 |  Version: Skype 5.1.0.112

Pros

easy to use

Cons

none to mention

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4 stars

"Skype continues leading in VOIP technology"

April 15, 2011  |  By HijodeBorinquen

 |  Version: Skype 5.1.0.112

Pros

I enjoyed the program's ease of use, quality of sound and, when working, quality of video.

Cons

Sometimes, the video was a bit unreliable.

Summary

Excellent.

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4 stars

"good performance"

April 15, 2011  |  By chazr1

 |  Version: Skype 5.1.0.112

Pros

Easy and frindly to useer

Cons

some time background noise

Summary

working good, some time background noise

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3 stars

"Good free program, but drops calls"

April 14, 2011  |  By firewire01

 |  Version: Skype 5.1.0.112

Pros

Great to keep in touch, very useful program, good picture and sound for most of the time except for when calls drop..

Cons

The program keeps disconnecting with message "connection poor". This has happened with several different connections so I am not sure if it is a bug in the program, or if all the connections I use are bad. If you stop video the calls are fine.

Summary

I will keep using it and hope the transmission improves.

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5 stars

"excellant software"

April 14, 2011  |  By davesz

 |  Version: Skype 5.1.0.112

Pros

Easy to use

Cons

No complaints

Summary

A good application

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4 stars

"clear even on group calls worldwide"

April 14, 2011  |  By frnewman92

 |  Version: Skype 5.1.0.112

Pros

enables contact even to 0800 numbers in usa and uk at discounted costs

Cons

occasionally has troubles under varying international signal strengths

Summary

Does everything it promises with a minimum of fuss

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5 stars

"reliable as always"

April 13, 2011  |  By littleshotter

 |  Version: Skype 5.1.0.112

Pros

Its free, installs on almost any system

Cons

the premium upgrade not free and is not much different to the free version.

Summary

great free software keep it up guys.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 5.1.0.112
  • Group video calling (beta)
  • Skype Home
  • Integration with Facebook
  • Offline instant messaging
  • New contact search and improved contact adding
  • Enhanced call quality experience
  • User interface refresh.
General
Publisher Skype
Publisher web site http://skype.com/
Release Date April 05, 2011
Date Added April 05, 2011
Version 5.1.0.112
Category
Category Communications
Subcategory Web Phones & VoIP Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows, Windows XP
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 1.48MB
File Name SkypeSetup.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 19,708,335
Downloads Last Week 20,673
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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