Skype

Download Editors' Rating:
5
Spectacular
Average User Rating:
3.9
out of 1924 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    5.3.0.116
  • Total Downloads:
    19,727,617
  • Date Added:
    May 30, 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

    3.8

    out of 65 votes

    • 5 star 23
    • 4 star 24
    • 3 star 8
    • 2 star 3
    • 1 star 7
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    out of 1924 votes

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    • 4 star 615
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5 stars

"It's free of cheap ,"

July 17, 2011  |  By allanmet

 |  Version: Skype 5.3.0.116

Pros

It's free for skype to skype and cheap for skype to phone (land and cell) like $32 for a year or anywhere in Canada and the US unlimited

Cons

still a little scratchy on phone calls weither it.s land or cell

Summary

still the best bang for your buck

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3 stars

"Best Popular VOIP out there"

July 16, 2011  |  By gtrainz

 |  Version: Skype 5.3.0.116

Pros

Free Free Free calls

Cons

moor flexible video call interface

Summary

Very legitimate and robust

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1 stars

"useless for me"

July 16, 2011  |  By cjraider

 |  Version: Skype 5.3.0.116

Pros

quick download

Cons

does not sign in

Summary

Well it is useless as I have not been successful at signing in. I have been told by others that it takes a very long time to sign-in but I left it over night and still nothing.....

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5 stars

"Good product"

July 13, 2011  |  By ybreh

 |  Version: Skype 5.3.0.116

Pros

My son uses it all the time, so it has to be great

Cons

He has no cons about the product.

Summary

I guess he communicates with people all over the world, He is always on it

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4 stars

"easy to use design"

July 13, 2011  |  By unzipped08

 |  Version: Skype 5.3.0.116

Pros

i wouldn't know yet

Cons

i wouldn't know yet

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1 stars

"Stick with Skype 4.2."

July 08, 2011  |  By natakuc4

 |  Version: Skype 5.3.0.116

Pros

Skype 4.2 :)

Cons

Skype 5.3 has adverts, Skype 4.2 doesn't. I have found Skype 5.3 to be more buggy and has pop-up adverts incorporated, therefore not recommended.

Summary

Get Skype 4.2 go to tools>options>Advanced uncheck
"When a new version of Skype is available...
Notify me
Automatically download and install it"
Continue to enjoy Skype without adverts.

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2 stars

"installation errors"

July 08, 2011  |  By David Knight

 |  Version: Skype 5.3.0.116

Pros

Always used Skype to talk to relatives around the world

Cons

Refuses to install, put old version back on, no other program installation has any problems?
"Error Code 2203" at about 75% the way through installation
"Installing failed code 1603 Fatal Error prevented" ??

Summary

Tried emailing Skype about error unsucessfully

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5 stars

"Handy Dandy little program"

July 07, 2011  |  By tcraley

 |  Version: Skype 5.3.0.116

Pros

Makes video chatting fun

Cons

Charges for regular phone calls

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5 stars

"continue ggod"

July 07, 2011  |  By mhgasdyters

 |  Version: Skype 5.3.0.116

Pros

The new version is continue good. And the interface is more beautiful.

Cons

no cons at all

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4 stars

"It is working well; can't complain."

July 05, 2011  |  By namboodiripad

 |  Version: Skype 5.3.0.116

Pros

I can't say

Cons

have't noticed any.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 5.3.0.116
  • 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 May 30, 2011
Date Added May 30, 2011
Version 5.3.0.116
Category
Category Communications
Subcategory Web Phones & VoIP Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows XP, Windows
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 1.48MB
File Name SkypeSetup.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 19,727,617
Downloads Last Week 18,960
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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