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Skype for Mac

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If you're looking to make free voice or video calls worldwide, Skype is a great start. Its clean and user-friendly interface makes interaction effortless, so you are ready to go as soon as you launch the app.

During our testing, we were impressed by the video and voice quality of Skype, which uses VoIP (Voice over IP) technology to enable communication worldwide without paying a cent. One of its best features is the chat and mood messages: if you are in the middle of something, you can inform your contacts about it or just type a text message instead of having a voice call. This is a nice feature on its own, but it's also handy if you don't have a microphone.

But this isn't the only feature you'll love: we also enjoyed Skype's ability to handle conference calling, group video calling, and screen sharing. In other words, if you have a reliable Internet connection, Skype can easily replace your phone and lower your communication bills.

To make calls, all you have to do is create a contact list of friends, family, and colleagues, but they must also have Skype, as only Skype-to-Skype calls are free. However, a great addition to the app is its ability to call landlines or mobile phones, but you'll need to purchase Skype credits to take advantage of this feature.

Its chatlike user interface makes Skype very easy to use, yet the key to optimum performance is a reliable Internet connection. As soon as you launch the app and start using it, you will surely place Skype among your favorite apps, just like we did after our test. Skype's useful features and intuitive user interface make the app appropriate for users of all levels.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "easy to use"

    May 7, 2011  |   By wexk81

    Version: Skype 5.1.0.922

    Pros

    almost everything.

    Cons

    blocking and unblocking people is hard

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  • 1.0 stars

    "DANGER! Skype 5.0.0 - 5.1.0.922 = PWNing Security Hole"

    May 7, 2011  |   By zunipus

    Version: Skype 5.1.0.922

    Pros

    Skype is a great chat, audio and video client.

    Cons

    Version 5 has been consistently buggy and now it has been found to be DANGEROUS.

    Summary

    Skype versions 5.0.0 - 5.1.0.922 have been found to contain a DANGEROUS security hole that allows someone with whom you are chatting to send you a message that ZOMBIES/PWNs/TAKES OVER your Mac. DO NOT USE!

    Skype version 4 is NOT affected. Use version 4 while waiting for the patch.

    Details are here:
    Researcher identifies Skype 5 for Mac security flaw
    http://www.macworld.com/article/159744/2011/05/skype_mac_security_bug.html

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  • 1.0 stars

    "CNET VersionTracker tripped me up -- Doesn't work 10.5"

    May 3, 2011  |   By tbegonja

    Version: Skype 5.1.0.922

    Pros

    CNET VersionTracker tripped me up -- Doesn't work on 10.5

    Cons

    CNET VersionTracker tripped me up -- Doesn't work on 10.5

    Summary

    CNET VersionTracker tripped me up.

    << Version: 5.1.0.922
    # Date added: April 14, 2011
    # Operating system: Mac OS X 10.5 Intel/10.6 Intel>>

    Well, it ain't true. Skype 5.1 does NOT work on Mac OS X 10.5.6. And now I have to find a copy of 2.8 from somewhere because the installer deleted my old copy rather than moving it to trash.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Useless version. I have reverted to my older version."

    April 29, 2011  |   By xibat

    Version: Skype 5.1.0.922

    Pros

    No redeeming features at all.

    Cons

    Skype has lost it. This is not user friendly by any means. The layout, design and overall usefulness is terrible. Skype has also dropped a number of features that are really needed.

    Summary

    Skype: Please go back to the drawing board. Start from scratch, provide features you have dropped, dump the Windows based design and use the Mac's capabilities.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "They done it like Windows version ((("

    April 18, 2011  |   By black-n-white

    Version: Skype 5.1.0.922

    Pros

    Didn't find any.

    Cons

    It's so user unfriendly (( awkwardly designed with huge buttons and large contact avatars... No compact mode, no single window, no drawer, no way to rearrange contacts that sorted by chant date....
    v2.8 is much better.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Contacts Monitor Demands to be on Top;back to 2.8.0.863"

    April 14, 2011  |   By dgkanter

    Version: Skype 5.1.0.922

    Pros

    Didn't look for any that I might find useful as this release remains too intrusive for me.

    Cons

    Contacts Monitor demands to remain in the foreground; on top of everything. Application shouldn't force that behavior--and there's no preference for it to do otherwise.

    Summary

    v2.8.0.863 did all that I needed and with a far-less-intrusive UI; therefore I'm sticking with that earlier version as this latest release of Skype 5 would be a step backwards for me. I'll hold out hope that some later release will return to the user the control over how elements--specifically, for the moment, the Contacts Monitor--behave with regard to their intrusion on my screen.

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