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  • 2.0 stars

    "So far, not so great"

    August 6, 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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  • 5.0 stars

    "performs all functions i need."

    August 4, 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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  • 1.0 stars

    "Yup, won't install here either."

    May 29, 2014  |   By jandsm5321

    Version: Skype 6.16.32.105

    Pros

    None, Skype has gotten so useless lately.

    Cons

    Setup program wouldn't install Skype.

    Summary

    Skype v6.16.10? started freezing, stealing memory and crashing my computer so I had to uninstall it. Now I try to download the latest version and the setup program here doesn't work. It just gets to the point of saying "installing" but the progress bar never advances.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Yet another Skype update that won't install"

    May 26, 2014  |   By LesWilkins

    Version: Skype 6.16.32.105

    Pros

    None - I can't use it.

    Cons

    Yet again this update will not install - it's disappointing that this keeps happening with Skype but with no other programs that I download. There are various suggestions online to rectify this, but it shouldn't be necessary and I can't be bothered.

    Summary

    I don't use it much, so I'll stick with the previous version, and hope the next update installs correctly.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "New Skype Windows Desktop... EXTREMELY SLOW ..."

    May 14, 2014  |   By melen001

    Version: Skype 6.14.32.104

    Pros

    It's been the "default" VOIP for Windows for ever and does perform well. Easy to use and import Facebook, Yahoo, Outlook (Hotmail) contacts. It's a free service...

    Cons

    New version Windows esktop is very slow to load and close....

    Summary

    Updated Skype to Windows Desktop version 6.16.0.105 and what a slow-poke
    this is.... it takes for ever to load and close. What have they done to
    Skype??? The previous version 6.14.104 was doing just fine, fast
    loading and closing and not even a hiccup what so ever. They really
    messed up this time. They should have left it alone. This new so called
    Desktop Version is probably written to enhance it's operation with
    Windows 8 even though it's for windows 7 also. They forgot the Wins 7
    crowd which are more than Wins 8 and just refined Skype for Wins 8. If I could get back the old Version
    6.14.104 I would get rid of this Desktop Version. Don't like it at all. It's just to SLOW...
    HEY SKYPE WHAT HAVE YOU DONE ????

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Still very buggy!"

    May 9, 2014  |   By jandsm5321

    Version: Skype 6.14.32.104

    Pros

    Free, okay quality.

    Cons

    So full of Microsoft bloatware that it crashes frequently. Quality is still down from before Microsoft bought it.

    Summary

    At the moment I can't even get it to let me type more than three words before it freezes up. Then it just takes an entire core and runs it 100% doing nothing.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "????!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

    April 28, 2014  |   By lzhqw1882

    Version: Skype 6.14.32.104

    Pros

    ????!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Cons

    ????!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Summary

    ????!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Laughable rubbish"

    March 20, 2014  |   By longtalker

    Version: Skype 6.14.32.104

    Pros

    Has screen sharing, but even that is now being phased out

    Cons

    Skype is an unbeliavably unstable and amateurish piece of software, given how widespread it is and how much is being invested in it. On both Windows and Android it performs execrably in terms of message delivery, offline pager-type messages and customised visibility (selective invisibility).

    Summary

    Comically bad software. Very glad Gmail now has reliable video in addition to voice chat so I can ditch Skype for good. It definitely isn't going to improve nearly enough as it should to make me reconsider using it.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "woks fine, no problems"

    March 2, 2014  |   By sinbad22

    Version: Skype 6.14.32.104

    Pros

    good picture and sound

    Cons

    none found

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Easy to use"

    March 2, 2014  |   By A. Schwartz

    Version: Skype 6.14.32.104

    Pros

    Cheap and easy to use

    Cons

    Sometimes it does not close properly

    Summary

    Good to connect with people all over the world

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