Skype

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

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    5.8
  • Total Downloads:
    19,708,335
  • Date Added:
    Feb. 03, 2012
  • 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

    3.1

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3 stars

"Slicker UI, 0 change in call quality, less features"

April 18, 2012  |  By eugenegentile

 |  Version: Skype 5.8

Pros

Interface looks slicker

Cons

No increase in call/video quality

Summary

Can no longer share screens without paying for pro version.

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2 stars

"not able to sign on to skype page"

April 16, 2012  |  By albert_wilt

 |  Version: Skype 5.8

Pros

most of my friends are on skype

Cons

im not able to sign in to skype because the sign in page is blank when it comes up. the calls drop.

Summary

i would like to have skype but cant get and keep it going when i do get signed on

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1 stars

"Gets worse and more expensive!"

March 30, 2012  |  By riccantu

 |  Version: Skype 5.8

Pros

Now that i tried other SW i see no pro'S

Cons

They have no real customer support, only forum. If problem related to money, you need to have lots of patience and hours of clicking to reach someone. If technical problem, you'Re on your own.
I have been customer for years and I got really tired...their prices just continue to go up and they dont care how long youVre been a loyal customer. Also, free numbers arent valid even if you bought a suscription...there are many tiny letters in their terms!

Summary

These guys really lost their interest!

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5 stars

"LOVE SKYPE VERY MUCH,,BEST COMMUNICATION"

March 26, 2012  |  By smart15

 |  Version: Skype 5.8

Pros

great and clear during conversation with others

Cons

VERY GOOD STUFF

Summary

OVERALL ITS AWESOME

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4 stars

"the sky is the limit"

March 26, 2012  |  By cassydagal

 |  Version: Skype 5.8

Pros

it is cheaper and it saves time

Cons

it is difficult when trying to access the site sometimes

Summary

I LIKE SKYPE

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2 stars

"is it safe ??? and secure?"

March 08, 2012  |  By param911

 |  Version: Skype 5.8

Pros

good video quality

Cons

sometimes audio quality gets distorted

Summary

can any third party except the 2 persons having video call can see them..is it true that Skype is not safe and it can be hacked or videos can be recorded?.

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1 stars

"WOSS HAPPNIN' CNET? ARE Y'ALL IN BED WITH MICROSOFT?"

March 07, 2012  |  By textappa

 |  Version: Skype 5.8

Pros

NONE - 5.8 is a Beta version which the new owners of skype have unleashed on an unsuspecting public with no warnings! Are we now crash-test dummies for Microsoft?

But what do you expect from the "GATES MONOPOLY GANG" - ethical behaviour? Trusted publishers ... my fat derriere.

Cons

Who knows ... I wouldn't touch 5.8 Beta with a 40 foot pole.

Summary

Extremely disappointed with CNET also serving it up to us without warning, disguised with an old review of 5.0.

DROPPED THE BALL GUYS!

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3 stars

"Everything is good except Facebook will not load."

March 04, 2012  |  By pd55

 |  Version: Skype 5.8

Pros

Quality calls and video transmission.

Cons

Everything is good except Facebook will not load. I even tried to unininstall and reinstall. Skype says they are working on it ,but it has been a Month already.

Summary

Good app but they need to fix Facebook if they are going to have it as part of their overall experience.

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3 stars

"Less is better"

March 02, 2012  |  By adriannkristine

 |  Version: Skype 5.8

Pros

Are there any? When Skype drops a call (which is fairly frequent) it tries to reconnect itself.

Cons

The pop out window button is gone, still does not have a connection speed/auto button which is now on Youtube. Doesnt matter whether I am on my high speed connection or 3G tether to my smartphone, calls still drop. I dont use facebook so, the new integration means nothing to me.

Summary

When you drop calls, try what I do... mute the audio on both ends and use your cell phone or home phone to get the audio. It keeps your dropped calls to only a few over the course of a call instead of every few minutes.

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4 stars

"alright Skype, i have enjoy it."

March 02, 2012  |  By nomanch0wdhury

 |  Version: Skype 5.8

Pros

Skype 5.8 is more clear other than old version,

Cons

it is totally 100% free.

Summary

Even with cons I'd use it.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 5.8
  • Full HD video calling
  • Support for Facebook audio and video calls
  • Group screen sharing
  • Hide offline Facebook contacts
  • Push to Talk
General
Publisher Skype
Publisher web site http://skype.com/
Release Date February 03, 2012
Date Added February 03, 2012
Version 5.8
Category
Category Communications
Subcategory Web Phones & VoIP Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows Vista, Windows, Windows 7, Windows XP
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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