Skype

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

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    5.5.0.117
  • Total Downloads:
    19,708,335
  • Date Added:
    Sep. 14, 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

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5 stars

"SKYPE IS AWESOME!"

October 03, 2011  |  By clutchxp

 |  Version: Skype 5.5.0.117

Pros

works great to chat with family and friends and contacts that live overseas.

Cons

makes you purchase credits to be able to send text messages when Yahoo! Messenger and Google allow you to send them for free. Also, it takes up a lot of space.

Summary

I have been using Skype to communicate with my friends and family since it first came out and I absolutely love it. It does everything that I could ever want, and then some. This is a wonderful product and I highly recommend it. Five stars out of five!

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5 stars

"Totally rad! Luv it!"

October 02, 2011  |  By huseworld

 |  Version: Skype 5.5.0.117

Pros

Get to see family that lives 1000 miles away and actually talk just like they are right here.

Cons

The satellite delay is annoying, but since it is free, it is no big deal.

Summary

I am going to use it to attend my father's 90th birthday party in Palm Desert. I can no longer travel so this is the next best thing! Thank you sooooooooo much.

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4 stars

"Amazing Product"

October 02, 2011  |  By JumptoMedia

 |  Version: Skype 5.5.0.117

Pros

Best video conferencing and chat

Cons

No secure pier to pier communication

Summary

Very reliable and great functionality

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5 stars

"Free, simple and useful..."

September 27, 2011  |  By Dr_David_R

 |  Version: Skype 5.5.0.117

Pros

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Cons

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5 stars

"It operates as advertised<br /><br />It is wonderful!!"

September 27, 2011  |  By Bill380US

 |  Version: Skype 5.5.0.117

Pros

It is very intuitive, very functional, and best of all.....it works as advertized!!

Cons

I'm now totally addicted to chatting.

Summary

You do need to have a good internet connection for Skype to work well, but then that is true of so many other programs. Skype is ahead of its time. :)

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5 stars

"Great product..."

September 25, 2011  |  By kt68

 |  Version: Skype 5.5.0.117

Pros

Very easy to use. Good pricing value.

Cons

None that I have found.

Summary

Excellent.

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4 stars

"please see below"

September 24, 2011  |  By ginasjim

 |  Version: Skype 5.5.0.117

Pros

please see below

Cons

please see below

Summary

we live in Spain, the ability to see and talk to friends and colleagues in the UK is just amazing. My mother-in-law has dementia and for her to keep in contact with family and to be able to see them is such a benefit for her condition, just one thing to say,,,,, SKYPE rocks!!!

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4 stars

"Simply fantastic"

September 23, 2011  |  By aureol1

 |  Version: Skype 5.5.0.117

Pros

Free if your contacts are SKYPE users. Very cheap if not. Well presented, with easy to use tools.

Cons

None that I know of.

Summary

SIMPLE TO USE, HIGH QUALITY, RELIABLE AND UNBELIEVABLY FANTASTIC!

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1 stars

"Still no fix for separate webcams"

September 23, 2011  |  By roymer

 |  Version: Skype 5.5.0.117

Pros

No idea..cannot use it

Cons

Skype knows that vers 5 will not work with separate webcams..users have to download vers 4 to have their webcams work.

Summary

Major user letdown in not resolving this problem. Webcam users cannot benefit from Vers 5 nor updates, have to cancel all updates, uninstall Vers 5, reinstall Vers 4 and still Skype says nothing, and typically has no access to a Help desk.

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3 stars

"could be better"

September 23, 2011  |  By amaliapa

 |  Version: Skype 5.5.0.117

Pros

great for chating on video with family and friends

Cons

too many disconections of the video and internet

Summary

its a great tool but its got very heavy on resorces slowing the PC down to a crawl. If only the disconections happend less often that would be the iceing on the cake

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 5.5.0.117
  • 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 September 14, 2011
Date Added September 14, 2011
Version 5.5.0.117
Category
Category Communications
Subcategory Web Phones & VoIP Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows
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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