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Skype for Mac

Download Editors' Rating:
5
Spectacular
Average User Rating:
3.0
out of 331 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    5.8.0.865
  • Total Downloads:
    1,450,944
  • Date Added:
    Jun. 14, 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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4 stars

"Great for Video calls and cheap handy phone alternative"

June 30, 2012  |  By jonoville1

 |  Version: Skype 5.8.0.865

Pros

Free Skype to Skype video calls is great and the phone rates are very good.

Cons

Needs an alternative tiny Skype window so it can stay on the desktop unobtrusively

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2 stars

"Still too Intrusive Behavior; remaining with v2.8.0.863"

June 15, 2012  |  By dgkanter

 |  Version: Skype 5.8.0.865

Pros

Finally Skype is willing to be less obtrusive as the Contacts Monitor window can be made small and, more important, it no longer demands to remain in the foreground. (While I have no need for any of the bells & whistles that the Skype 5 series provides over the Skype v2.8.0.863--and, therefore I had remained with that earlier version because of the intrusive nature of the Skype 5 Contacts Monitor window.)

Cons

1. I haven't found a way to sort the display in the Contacts Monitor window by status when its contents are "Skype". I can change the contents to "Online" to see just them, but I want the "Skype" contents to as they are in v2.8.0863.
2. Even though I had Skype only showing the Contacts Monitor window when it went to the background, when one clicks Skype's Dock icon to bring the focus back to Skype, it insists on opening the main Skype window, rather than just returning to having just the Contacts Monitor window displayed with Skype as the active application. (If I use Command-Tab and select Skype, I am returned to Skype with just the Contacts Monitor window open, but that requires extra steps.)

Summary

Big improvement in being less intrusive as the Contacts Monitor window can be made small and it will go to the background, but sticking with v2.8.0.863 as other aspects of that window and its behavior in Skype 5 remain, for me, a step backwards--and I have no need for the other enhancements over Skype 2 that Skype 5 provides.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 5.8.0.865
  • More Compact Contacts Monitor
  • Improved Screen Sharing (Premium)
  • OS X Mountain Lion Ready
  • Resizable Contact List Columns
  • Improved SMS Usability
  • Improved automatic reorientation of mobile video calls
  • Keyboard shortcut for Volume Control
General
Publisher Skype
Publisher web site http://skype.com/
Release Date June 14, 2012
Date Added June 14, 2012
Version 5.8.0.865
Category
Category Communications
Subcategory Web Phones & VoIP Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Mac OS X 10.5 Intel/10.6 Intel/10.7/10.8
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 36.87MB
File Name Skype_7.6.409.dmg
Popularity
Total Downloads 1,450,944
Downloads Last Week 1,687
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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