Skype for Mac

Skype for Mac

Download Editors' Rating:
5
Spectacular
Average User Rating:
3.0
out of 330 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    5.1.0.968
  • Total Downloads:
    1,409,422
  • Date Added:
    May 27, 2011
  • File Size:
    45.47MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    3,013
  • Operating Systems:
    Mac OS X 10.5 Intel/10.6 Intel

Editors' Review

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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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User Reviews
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  • Current Version

    2.8

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    • 2 star 2
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  • All Versions

    3.0

    out of 330 votes

    • 5 star 82
    • 4 star 78
    • 3 star 35
    • 2 star 38
    • 1 star 97
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5 stars

"its Easy and stable"

June 24, 2011  |  By mackhalid

 |  Version: Skype 5.1.0.968

Pros

its Easy and stable and nice stuff

Cons

its Easy and stable

Summary

its Easy and stable

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4 stars

"nice interface"

June 14, 2011  |  By bjprc_dotmac

 |  Version: Skype 5.1.0.968

Pros

overall good and easy to use

Cons

somehow I preferred the old version where the list of contacts was less fancy but much more compact. Now you need to scroll down much more

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4 stars

"Current version is 5.1.60.947. Works well."

June 13, 2011  |  By Neville Mayfield

 |  Version: Skype 5.1.0.968

Pros

Have no problems with this version.

I don't know whether the dial window can be kept closed.

Cons

Agree that window is large. I always close it while working on other apps. If someone calls the small ring window opens and on answering the usual video or icon window opens.

Summary

Call quality is very good - depending on ISP each end of course.

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1 stars

"Terrible update. I will be going back to version 4."

June 11, 2011  |  By cheffie32

 |  Version: Skype 5.1.0.968

Pros

None, really. At least none that you didn't get with older versions. It looks nice, I guess.

Cons

- You can't shrink down the window.
- Switching between chats is laggy.
- If your friend sends a message at 2:00, then sends another at 5:00, the block of messages will be labelled under 2:00. Annoying.

Summary

I absolutely hate this update. They took away just about everything I liked about Skype. It's laggy, bulky, and just generally inconvenient to use. I will be switching back to old Skype, if possible.

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3 stars

"Did not install because of negative reviews."

June 10, 2011  |  By jerrys1

 |  Version: Skype 5.1.0.968

Pros

Not applicable

Cons

Not applicable

Summary

I have used Skype for years, but did not download this version because of negative reviews on interface.

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3 stars

"For more notifications sounds download SysSounds Xtra"

June 07, 2011  |  By roro01

 |  Version: Skype 5.1.0.968

Pros

Efficient multiplatform chat application

Cons

GUI is awful

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2 stars

"older versions are better"

June 05, 2011  |  By SHADuck

 |  Version: Skype 5.1.0.968

Pros

it's Skype. Calling clarity getting better

Cons

former versions on the Mac were far easier to use.
For instance, dialing number use to just hit the name a couple of times
now, hit the name, must go to number to hit again like on Windows
but usually, have to go to dialpad and retype phone number.

Summary

good enough

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2 stars

"Not suitable for Power PC Macs"

June 05, 2011  |  By dg1--2008

 |  Version: Skype 5.1.0.968

Pros

The earlier version works fine!

Cons

The download didn't determine the kind of host computer (Intel or PCC) and so I had to explore its applicability after unpacking the download - all a bit time wasting.

Summary

The last version for ppc works fine ... until Skype decide to stop supporting its functionality!

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3 stars

"Why change a great interface?"

June 03, 2011  |  By Poupic

 |  Version: Skype 5.1.0.968

Pros

Works great most of the time

Cons

Recently during a family emergency call someone else connected and I could not get rid of her. Why should someone be able to intrude in conversation?

Summary

The last few upgrades did not improve anything. In fact why should a window cover most of my screen unnecessarily?

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1 stars

"It won't boot on my Mac!"

June 01, 2011  |  By BumpHead

 |  Version: Skype 5.1.0.968

Pros

none, it doesn't work, can't reach support.

Cons

Crashes every time I try to boot it on Mackbook Pro 15" 2.8G Core2 Duo, 8GB RAM

Summary

Can't use it!

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 5.1.0.968
Fixed issue: Skype crashed on startup for users who were affected by Skype issue on 26.05.2011
General
Publisher Skype
Publisher web site http://skype.com/
Release Date May 27, 2011
Date Added May 27, 2011
Version 5.1.0.968
Category
Category Communications
Subcategory Web Phones & VoIP Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Macintosh, Mac OS X 10.6 Intel, Mac OS X 10.5 Intel
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 45.47MB
File Name Skype_7.1.665.dmg
Popularity
Total Downloads 1,409,422
Downloads Last Week 3,013
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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