Skype for Mac

Skype for Mac

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

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    5.4.0.1217
  • Total Downloads:
    1,409,422
  • Date Added:
    Sep. 15, 2011
  • Price:
    Free

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

    2.2

    out of 6 votes

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    out of 330 votes

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

"Older User First Time around"

November 08, 2011  |  By karanda77

 |  Version: Skype 5.4.0.1217

Pros

The Installation was easy

Cons

But navigation for a senior working alone was frustrating when trying to set it up for Facebook.

Summary

With patience I was able to do it but all the information needed to use it as limited my use

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2 stars

"Barfaroonie!"

October 15, 2011  |  By donnaoverall

 |  Version: Skype 5.4.0.1217

Pros

Surely you jest!

Cons

Every time Microsoft gets their grubby paws on something they screw it up.

Summary

I'm glad I read all the negative reviews before I updated my previous version of Skype which I like just fine, thankyouverymuch.

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3 stars

"Not a bad piece of software for the money!"

September 26, 2011  |  By brosing

 |  Version: Skype 5.4.0.1217

Pros

$60 per year for a world accessible "phone" beats $15+per month for a "local plan".
Lack of third party advertising!!!
Reasonable international rates.
Good call quality for most calls.

Cons

Skimpy Mac support.
Call takes over Skype fgd window.
No easy way to file new contacts into groups.
Caller ID: sometimes # for cell, city name for landlines. Need option: name or alias.
When Skype offline, AT&T callers get "number not in service".

Summary

Waiting for improvements, and more attention to Mac customer needs.

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1 stars

"Version 2.8.0.866!!!"

September 17, 2011  |  By GianMarco Tavazzani

 |  Version: Skype 5.4.0.1217

Pros

Skype site admitted the fail and reloaded the link to the last proper version

Cons

Microsoft bought Skype... what can you expect by that beginners if not another failure?

Summary

We need an alternative and FaceTime is not, Yahoo either, GTalk seeps iWorks '11: an unending promise...

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3 stars

"ads included for non-paying users?"

September 15, 2011  |  By nameless

 |  Version: Skype 5.4.0.1217

Pros

judge for yourself

Cons

http://9to5mac.com/2011/09/15/two-of-your-favorites-come-together-skype-and-facebook/

Summary

the Mac version trails behind the Windows version... and as a bonus, non-paying Skype users will now see ads

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1 stars

"Too Demanding of Screen Space; Sticking with v2.8.0.863"

September 15, 2011  |  By dgkanter

 |  Version: Skype 5.4.0.1217

Pros

None of the v5-series needed and, therefore, not reviewed

Cons

One--a biggie for me: While the Contacts Monitor window is all that I routinely need displayed, it's programmed always to remain on top--with no preference setting to permit it to go into the background. Developer shouldn't dictate screen-space use.

Summary

Continued insistance so far in the v5-series to dictating the minimum screen-space use taken by Skype isn't, in my view, something a developer should do; that should be my choice. (Just making the Contacts Monitor window able to be background would be sufficient for me regarding screen-space use.) I have no need for the new features in the v5-series, so--once again after checking out this latest version--I'm sticking with v2.8.0.863 which does all that I need without new eye candy and doesn't require its Contacts window to always take-up valuable screen space.

Updated on Sep 15, 2011

Under "Pros", I meant none of the new v5-series capabilities needed and, therefore, not reviewed.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 5.4.0.1217
  • Facebook connect
  • Facebook chat
  • Skype Home
  • Improved video quality
  • Minor bug fixes
General
Publisher Skype
Publisher web site http://skype.com/
Release Date September 15, 2011
Date Added September 15, 2011
Version 5.4.0.1217
Category
Category Communications
Subcategory Web Phones & VoIP Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Mac OS X 10.7, Mac OS X 10.6 Intel, Mac OS X 10.5 Intel, Macintosh
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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