Skype for Mac

Skype for Mac

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

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    5.6.0.143
  • Total Downloads:
    1,409,422
  • Date Added:
    March 06, 2012
  • File Size:
    45.47MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    3,013
  • Operating Systems:
    Mac OS X 10.5 Intel/10.6 Intel/10.7

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 4 votes

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    • 2 star 1
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  • 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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1 stars

"Incompetent release"

March 28, 2012  |  By unfunfionn

 |  Version: Skype 5.6.0.143

Pros

The basic functionality still works.

Cons

There are so many problems with this release and it's actually quite shocking. Did anybody at Skype even test this once? The two big ones:

1. Everytime I sign into Skype, I get logged out of Facebook in Safari. Every single time, on two different Macs. As somebody who puts his Mac in sleep mode regularly at work, this is a major inconvenience.

2. Although it offers full-screen mode now, a lot of functions don't work in full-screen. And I mean basic functions. Try to access Preferences, and Skype exits full screen. Select a contact's profile picture to see their profile, and Skype exits full screen. Is it limited to these two instances? Absolutely not.

3. When in full-screen mode, I add a tag to a new contact and the whole screen instantly goes grey a la the mission control background pattern. I have to swipe to another app, and then click the Skype icon to even see the app again.

Summary

Why was this even released? It seems like it was in Beta for a long time beforehand too. This is barely Alpha quality.

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5 stars

"The best IM"

March 22, 2012  |  By DaveGuyy

 |  Version: Skype 5.6.0.143

Pros

It's free, it's powerful

Cons

I don't know

Summary

I want to thanks developers for an app, which I use every day.

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1 stars

"Please call me (on Skype 2.8)"

March 08, 2012  |  By GianMarco Tavazzani

 |  Version: Skype 5.6.0.143

Pros

A glorious past

Cons

an astonishing default by the day they wanted to sell it to that ridicolous company which pretends to let believe to be able to write software but can only copy, buy, destroy make it worst!

Summary

As soon as Skype will have back his humble elegance, not that good as Adium, which is also less essential than Fire...
A step back (and this is the case!) can't deserve more than half a star

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2 stars

"Takes up far too much screen space"

March 07, 2012  |  By Skywoolf

 |  Version: Skype 5.6.0.143

Pros

Seems to work like the older version

Cons

Interface is huge and ugly wasted loads of screen space and can't be reduced much.

Summary

I deleted it almost immediately and used Time Machine to put back the older version. If they can't make it less obtrusive I will stop using it if/when the old one no longer works.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 5.6.0.143
  • Automatic Updates
  • Improved UI for group video calling
  • New full screen mode in OS X Lion
  • Ability to delete conversations
  • Ability to disable Audio Gain Control
  • Fixed: Chat messages aren't shown after clearing recent conversations or closing the last one
  • Fixed: Choppy audio issue with USB headset while in group call
  • Fixed: Call toolbar does not appear after call is ended
  • Fixed: Selection of contacts in the contact list
General
Publisher Skype
Publisher web site http://skype.com/
Release Date March 06, 2012
Date Added March 06, 2012
Version 5.6.0.143
Category
Category Communications
Subcategory Web Phones & VoIP Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Mac OS X 10.5 Intel, Mac OS X 10.6 Intel, Mac OS X 10.7, 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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