Skype

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

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    6.3.0.105
  • Total Downloads:
    19,708,335
  • Date Added:
    Mar. 21, 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

"Won't Install"

May 01, 2013  |  By JSM1963

 |  Version: Skype 6.3.0.105

Pros

None so far

Cons

Won't install

Summary

I was able to install Skype on my Vista laptop in the past without any problem. Now, I get a 2738 error.

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1 stars

"Pure totalitarian garbage from Ballmersoft"

April 26, 2013  |  By budwheizzah

 |  Version: Skype 6.3.0.105

Pros

If you're one of the WLM users Ballmersoft alienated, zero pros.

Cons

Skype is in itself one big CON. Nothing but downside. Bloatware, doesn't respect settings (will mess with your volume settings even if you order it not to for example) and contains a set of features that is 98% useless.

Summary

Ballmersoft is tanking, and it looks like outright suicide.

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1 stars

"No. I pitched it!"

April 25, 2013  |  By BYrobb

 |  Version: Skype 6.3.0.105

Pros

I didn't stay long enough to find any. Very disappointed at being forced to change from a very comfortable IM experience to this.

Cons

I don't like being forced to do anything. So when I had no choice but to download Skype because I wanted to talk to my friend on IM, I did. I found it full of things I'd never use, hard to find my way round and ended up going round and round. My friend wasn't able to figure it out. We jumped ship.

Summary

Can't wait to see where all the other unhappy customers go. I've written down the amount of downloads for the top 5 messenger systems to see what happens over time. Also there is a market out here for someone with programming knowledge.. Let's see what happens.

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1 stars

"Garbage from day one"

April 24, 2013  |  By Lik_Inu

 |  Version: Skype 6.3.0.105

Pros

None, has no value.

Cons

Does not allow me to sign in with my MNS Live ID as claims. Last version did, then forced update. Last version had less than half the functions of Messenger. Can not find older version to install.

Summary

Absolute garbage.

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4 stars

"Nice communications package."

April 24, 2013  |  By GCG1000

 |  Version: Skype 6.3.0.105

Pros

Nice and private video phone package w/o having to tweet, you tube or facebook. Easy to use.

Cons

Like to find an easy was to clear the "unanswered calls" log.

Summary

Good free webcam app.

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2 stars

"There is better"

April 10, 2013  |  By Virginpacific

 |  Version: Skype 6.3.0.105

Pros

Was good long time ago

Cons

Not the cheapest anymore.
I am using my CELL PHONE 100%FREE

Summary

Stopped using it

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3 stars

"it's no msn, msn has?had more options"

April 10, 2013  |  By pichichan_78

 |  Version: Skype 6.3.0.105

Pros

they said msn would be replaced by skype but none of my adresses are there
. Can import them

Cons

Not much to say to it.

Summary

Make it so that we can use our msn adresses, to be able to chat , cause this is not really working for me.

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1 stars

"It doesn't replace MSN at all"

April 02, 2013  |  By Eienkiseki

 |  Version: Skype 6.3.0.105

Pros

- Call quality?
- Vid call quality?

Cons

- skype IM screen is huge and takes up half the window
- can't alter text size, font, color (no customization for IM users)
- horrible replacement for MSN messenger

Summary

Skype has been a horrible experience so far, it doesn't replace MSN at all. While MSN provides comfortable chatting with friends with more free customizations, Skype is only convenient for video call. It doesn't take into consideration user's other needs as a messenger. I want to make my chatting window smaller so i can chat and watch vid at the same time, Skype screen smallest size still takes over half the screen. I want to customize my text into different color depending on who i chat with, I can't. I want to change background of my chat room I can't. Skype is so freaking boring, the only reasonable feature it provides is video call. It doesn't cater to none call related users who simply want a light IM messenger free of charge.

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4 stars

"Some improvements compared to the previous version"

March 30, 2013  |  By fjlgb

 |  Version: Skype 6.3.0.105

Pros

Cleaner layout

Cons

Still some confusion when navigating the menu

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1 stars

"Skype 6.3 does not find/recognize webcam"

March 24, 2013  |  By EJ the DJ

 |  Version: Skype 6.3.0.105

Pros

No much good to say, if it prevents you from making video calls

Cons

The Skype Help websites are full of Skype users complaining about not being ale to make video calls since the new (6.3) upgrade will not recognize their video webcam

Summary

Reverted back to Ver 5.10 to be able to make subscription paid video calls.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 6.3.0.105
Version 6.3.0.105 has fixed bugs where start screen sharing pop-up was not accessible, call toolbar texts did not fit onto screen on some languages, and profile window in compact view did not downscale.
General
Publisher Skype
Publisher web site http://skype.com/
Release Date March 14, 2013
Date Added March 21, 2013
Version 6.3.0.105
Category
Category Communications
Subcategory Web Phones & VoIP Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows XP, Windows
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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