CNET Editors' review
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.
Skype is a little piece of software that lets you make free calls to anyone else on Skype, anywhere in the world. And even though the calls are free, they are really excellent quality. If you and your friends, family or business contacts are using webcams, you can also make free video calls. You can even call landlines and mobile phones at really cheap per minute rates.
What's new in this version: New features and improvements in Skype 6.4 for Mac include:
- Infinite chat scrolling
- Improved find from a chat conversation
- Improved file transfer
- Improved send and receive contacts
- Support for Simplified Chinese
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All versions:3.1 stars
out of 322 votes
Current version:4.5 stars
out of 2 votes
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"I like this product very much"
Version: Skype 18.104.22.1683
It facilitates contact with people who are geographically remote and helps staying in touch.
sometimes the connection is not great and that is unpleasant.
"All you could want in a video-phone app"
Version: Skype 22.214.171.1243
Clear transmission (mostly noise free)
Very little lag
Great extra features
Easy to use
none that I found
Since I only use Skype for one 'call', from my daughter's MacBook Pro to my Mac-Mini, I can't say much about how it might work for others. Given that my daughter's in Holland and I'm in Oregon, though, I can't think of a much harder test.
Any faults I could ascribe are more likely due to the quality of my webcam and internet connection.