Skype

Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
3.9
out of 1915 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
6.2.0.106
File Size:
1.6MB
Date Added:
February 14, 2013
Price:
Free
Operating Systems:
Windows XP/Vista/7
Total Downloads:
19,255,444
Downloads Last Week:
47,668
Product ranking:
Additional Requirements:
Not available

Editors' review

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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All User Reviews
  • All Versions:

    3.9

    out of 1915 votes

    • 5 star: 793
    • 4 star: 616
    • 3 star: 198
    • 2 star: 98
    • 1 star: 210
  • Current Version:

    3.1

    out of 9 votes

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

    "A Simple, Elegant, and Effective product !"

    August 06, 2014   |   By LibertGillespie

    Version: Skype 6.18.32.105

    Pros

    I recommend this download.

    Cons

    none at this time

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  • 2 stars

    "So far, not so great"

    August 06, 2014   |   By Wood5440

    Version: Skype 6.18.32.105

    Pros

    Nothing better than the old version so far as I am concerned. I'm not a mobile phone user, so any improvements in that regard are going to miss me.

    Cons

    I use Skype in Windows 8, usually on the XP replica desktop. I teach students through the internet so I need to use Word, Firefox and Skype at the same time. Previously I could show all three windows simultaneously on my monitor and see my own camera output in a small inset window in a corner. I had no trouble switching from the XP to Metro tiles desktops. But no longer.......I must choose. I can get the Skype audio, Word and Firefox but no Skype video and no camera output monitor on the XP desktop, or I can get Skype audio and video and nothing else on the Windows 8 desktop. I have also yet to figure out how to pin a Skype shortcut to the XP desktop, or even how to launch Skype from that desktop.
    At this point, I am not a happy camper.

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  • 5 stars

    "performs all functions i need."

    August 04, 2014   |   By BoldtHershey

    Version: Skype 6.18.32.105

    Pros

    Simple, efficient, no problems

    Cons

    No cons, quite happy with it.

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