Skype

Download Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
3.9
out of 1923 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    6.1.0.129
  • Total Downloads:
    19,708,335
  • Date Added:
    Jan. 11, 2013
  • Price:
    Free

Editors' Review

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Just in time for Windows 8, Skype has now just released a major version update that adds improved integration with Microsoft and Facebook accounts, better messaging, and some minor changes to the user interface.

For those of you who've been living under a rock, Skype is one of the the most popular video chat and voice calling clients amongst our users as well as the world. It offers free calls to other Skype users over the Internet as well as very affordable rates for calling landlines and phones.

Version 6 brings a much simpler registration process, particularly with more integration with Facebook and Microsoft accounts. Now you can sign in with either Facebook or Hotmail and automatically use that as a Skype log-in. The previous version briefly incorporated Facebook features; its synchronization is much more apparent in the latest release. User contacts seemed to sync with profile pictures from more sources and the overall interface also looked cleaner. It wasn't a drastic overhaul, but subtle things like removing mini-banner ads from the bottom of the contact list and thin outlines over the tabs did contribute to a more modern look.

Call quality is still variable, depending on your connection and setup, but our experiences have been very positive. This version seemed more focused on casting a wider net and reducing the barrier to entry to an already excellent service and easing registration woes as new platforms emerge. If you've yet to try out Skype and you're looking for a worthy VoIP client, look no further and click on the green download button.

 
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1 stars

"Skype as a messenger program sucks."

February 13, 2013  |  By DeeGram

 |  Version: Skype 6.1.0.129

Pros

I can't find one pro right now.

Cons

Limited emoticons.
No winks.
Can't add contacts.
Useless for people who dont have webcams.

Summary

It makes no sense to replace Messenger with Skype. I use Messenger daily at my business to communicate with co-workers and with outside business contacts. You cannot add any contacts unless they are on Skype. I ever tried to add Skype users and it could not find them, even though I know they exist. It is not user friendly as a messenger program, especially to business users. There are still many businesses out there that do not commonly have webcams on work computers. Microsoft should keep Windows Live Messenger/MSN Messenger. Skype is not a good replacement for it.

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1 stars

"Can't add new contact with this version - a known bug"

February 11, 2013  |  By ebarron1

 |  Version: Skype 6.1.0.129

Pros

None, right now.

Cons

Can't add New contacts

Summary

This new version is useless to me because I need this for my business and I cannot add new clients. All over the internet this is a known bug, yet Skype has not fixed it

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5 stars

"An awesome application"

February 11, 2013  |  By redfox_jumps

 |  Version: Skype 6.1.0.129

Pros

It entirely changed my life for good ! It brings joy every time I use it ! It is free.

Cons

not available

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3 stars

"It works fairly well for what its supposed to do."

February 10, 2013  |  By ralphster1

 |  Version: Skype 6.1.0.129

Pros

I do like it for making certain business calls. The clarity is good and overall it works flawlessly.

Cons

I don't like it because Skype wants to pretty much charge you for every little option that you might want to add to your Skype program.

Summary

It works well enough and if you have plenty of extra money to spend it works even better.

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3 stars

"good product, but needs to address a few flaws"

February 10, 2013  |  By markdagg

 |  Version: Skype 6.1.0.129

Pros

works well as does the video

Cons

ALWAYS loads without being clicked on, and has two popup boxes that have to be clicked to quit

Summary

good social vid-ph app, but probs are a pain in the a**

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3 stars

"Video call problem"

February 02, 2013  |  By kanbrain

 |  Version: Skype 6.1.0.129

Pros

Skype is virtually essential to have. Which may be why MS bought it.

Cons

Many people (including my wife) seem to be having problems with making video calls in latest version 6.1.

Summary

My wife's new computer came with latest version of Skype. She cannot make video calls, even though camera is installed and working properly. Skype user forum indicates many complaints about the same problem. At this point, no suggested solutions from Skype seem to work. Nor does Skype (MS) seem to want to admit at this point that there is a bug.

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5 stars

"I like Skype"

January 24, 2013  |  By SCD

 |  Version: Skype 6.1.0.129

Pros

This new version is much smoother.

Cons

I have no cons on this new version.

Summary

Get Skype.

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4 stars

"excellent program, use it often, mostly successfull."

January 24, 2013  |  By Dieter Herdes

 |  Version: Skype 6.1.0.129

Pros

Good video and mostly good sound.

Cons

sometimes there is an echo.

Summary

Wish it would work on my BB Playbook.

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4 stars

"Better than the landline"

January 13, 2013  |  By MouseofDoom

 |  Version: Skype 6.1.0.129

Pros

You can talk to anyone everywhere for free or very cheap. I have lots of friends abroad and I regularly call them on landline and pay just a few dollars for it.
Another pro - Skype accepts paysafecard payments, which is great for people without credit cards (like me).

Cons

My Google Chrome keep crashing because Skype can't recognise the numbers on the websites I browse. Really strange thing, which I actually don't even need. I've already tried to reinstall both Skype and Google Chrome but the error message keeps popping out.
The updates bring new interfaces every time you're starting to get used to the old ones. And I hate that.

Summary

All in all a very good program. I don't think I want to give up using it.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 6.1.0.129
Version 6.1.0.129 with Outlook integration and a visual update to the toolbar.
General
Publisher Skype
Publisher web site http://skype.com/
Release Date January 10, 2013
Date Added January 11, 2013
Version 6.1.0.129
Category
Category Communications
Subcategory Web Phones & VoIP Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows, Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows Vista
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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