Skype for Mac

Skype for Mac

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

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    5.5.0.2340
  • Total Downloads:
    1,409,422
  • Date Added:
    Feb. 02, 2012
  • 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

    • 5 star 0
    • 4 star 2
    • 3 star 0
    • 2 star 1
    • 1 star 3
  • 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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4 stars

"Great software"

March 04, 2012  |  By applecross

 |  Version: Skype 5.5.0.2340

Pros

Great software

Cons

Great software

Summary

Great software

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1 stars

"Bring back 2.8"

March 01, 2012  |  By nategold

 |  Version: Skype 5.5.0.2340

Pros

Works OK but has gone downhill

Cons

Lacks nice window interface of 2.8. Chats there popped up in a new window, now are barely noticeable. In 2.8 on a group audio call you could see who was getting feedback or whose dog was barking. Now there is no clue. Takes up too much screen space. And on and on.

I have never seen a piece of software go downhill so badly as Skype.

Summary

Bring back all the features of 2.8

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2 stars

"Poor UI ruins a useful application"

February 19, 2012  |  By matthoff

 |  Version: Skype 5.5.0.2340

Pros

Great audio and video chat support

Cons

An otherwise wonderful application ruined by a poor UI

Summary

The user interface implemented in version 5.5 is confusing and a horrible waste of screen space (especially on laptops). There is no support for minimizing the UI. This means that the UI takes up at least 1/6 of the screen on a MacBook Pro.

There isn't a way to configure or customize the UI. The Multi-column interface offers poor controls for changing column widths and turning on and off columns.

Version 2.8 of Skype is still available and is compatible with those running 5.5.X on the Mac and other platforms. Use 2.8, Don't bother downloading 5.5.

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1 stars

"This new Skype is Horrible"

February 16, 2012  |  By iiibalesiii

 |  Version: Skype 5.5.0.2340

Pros

It still does video.

Cons

No Sound control? Are you kidding me?! It has glitches galore, and its even messing with my browser-based Facebook. I would give my right arm for an old version of Skype.

Summary

Who Makes Programs considerably worse? Microsoft Does! It's like the Vista team was assigned to this project.

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4 stars

"Good soft for me!"

February 10, 2012  |  By spencerr573

 |  Version: Skype 5.5.0.2340

Pros

Free software
I can call anywhere around the world absolutely free
Nice interface

Cons

Sometimes slow

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1 stars

"Unusable for local landline calls"

February 07, 2012  |  By GianMarco Tavazzani

 |  Version: Skype 5.5.0.2340

Pros

A great past

Cons

a disastrous present!

Summary

Typically MicroBrain product: as soon as it was bought (well, also some months before!) the development froze.
By the way, I'm paying by years for a landline national flat calls and it works like any Redmond product: UNUSABLE!

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 5.5.0.2340
Improved video call stability and improvements to the calling interface
General
Publisher Skype
Publisher web site http://skype.com/
Release Date February 02, 2012
Date Added February 02, 2012
Version 5.5.0.2340
Category
Category Communications
Subcategory Web Phones & VoIP Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Mac OS X 10.6 Intel, Mac OS X 10.7, 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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