Skype for Mac User Reviews

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Almost as bad as v. 5, stick with 2.8 or use Facetime"

    November 20, 2012  |   By curtieuk

    Version: Skype 6.0.59.2968

    Pros

    Skype has become a standard communication tool

    Cons

    Has been completely ruined in terms of usability. It is cluttered, takes too much screen space for no good reason. Not an efficient piece of software.

    Summary

    I'm a looking for Skype alternatives because of this poor piece of software. The day version 2.8 stops working, I'm switching myself and as many of my communication partners to Facetime.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "obtrusive and misdesigned"

    November 18, 2012  |   By v.aerghir

    Version: Skype 6.0.59.2968

    Pros

    nearly no competition as communication tool (unfortunatey), good quality

    Cons

    misrated GUI design beyond version 2, obtrusive, infllexible, definitely not Apple-style functionality,

    Summary

    Will stick with 2.8.0.866 on my MAcs, as long as Skype keeps making toys instead of tools, thank you.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Its useful"

    October 4, 2012  |   By jeanninescheidlem

    Version: Skype 5.8.0.1027

    Pros

    very good!

    Cons

    not working very good with a low connection

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  • 3.0 stars

    "It downloads, installs easily and works"

    September 28, 2012  |   By a_drian

    Version: Skype 5.8.0.1027

    Pros

    The skype Mac computer to computer connection produces good images for the small number of low distance calls that I use it for. I have not tried its other features.

    Cons

    On my Mac it persists in asking me if I will let it install my skype confidential information in my keychain each time I start skype. I don't keep entries in my address book because previous skype editions displayed Mac address book contacts in the skype contacts. I did not want this but could not discover a way to inhibit it other than to clear my address book entries. I would like to be able to disable skype's interest in my non-skype personal information but cannot discover a way to do this.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Best VOIP!"

    September 21, 2012  |   By storm_bonnert

    Version: Skype 5.8.0.1027

    Pros

    I don't know other better

    Cons

    none from me

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Good quality"

    September 17, 2012  |   By sherlyn-n

    Version: Skype 5.8.0.1027

    Pros

    its the best and works fine on smartphones too

    Cons

    if internet is low, sound is not good

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Great for Video calls and cheap handy phone alternative"

    June 30, 2012  |   By jonoville1

    Version: Skype 5.8.0.865

    Pros

    Free Skype to Skype video calls is great and the phone rates are very good.

    Cons

    Needs an alternative tiny Skype window so it can stay on the desktop unobtrusively

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Still too Intrusive Behavior; remaining with v2.8.0.863"

    June 15, 2012  |   By dgkanter

    Version: Skype 5.8.0.865

    Pros

    Finally Skype is willing to be less obtrusive as the Contacts Monitor window can be made small and, more important, it no longer demands to remain in the foreground. (While I have no need for any of the bells & whistles that the Skype 5 series provides over the Skype v2.8.0.863--and, therefore I had remained with that earlier version because of the intrusive nature of the Skype 5 Contacts Monitor window.)

    Cons

    1. I haven't found a way to sort the display in the Contacts Monitor window by status when its contents are "Skype". I can change the contents to "Online" to see just them, but I want the "Skype" contents to as they are in v2.8.0863.
    2. Even though I had Skype only showing the Contacts Monitor window when it went to the background, when one clicks Skype's Dock icon to bring the focus back to Skype, it insists on opening the main Skype window, rather than just returning to having just the Contacts Monitor window displayed with Skype as the active application. (If I use Command-Tab and select Skype, I am returned to Skype with just the Contacts Monitor window open, but that requires extra steps.)

    Summary

    Big improvement in being less intrusive as the Contacts Monitor window can be made small and it will go to the background, but sticking with v2.8.0.863 as other aspects of that window and its behavior in Skype 5 remain, for me, a step backwards--and I have no need for the other enhancements over Skype 2 that Skype 5 provides.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "5.7.60.1037 At last, manual volume control option"

    May 4, 2012  |   By whythebarriers

    Version: Skype 5.7.60.1037

    Pros

    Skype responded to feedback from broadcasters and narrators, like myself, whose pro work was disrupted by Skype taking command of our analogue recording gain controls - and then leaving them set any old place upon exit. There's an option now of auto gain control or manual. Bravo Skype.

    Cons

    From the start, interfaces have never been world class. Buttons in corners, no feeling of logical flow. Latest (if that's 5.7.60.1037) seems oddly attenuated when you start it up on a Mac: you have to fossick around to get much to appear. Wish they'd poach an interface designer from Apple!

    Summary

    Incredibly useful, socially and for business, and the audio gets better and better. Try the screen sharing feature - available only with video running and again the button is obscure. But worth finding.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "The best IM"

    April 19, 2012  |   By EricCrr

    Version: Skype 5.7.60.1037

    Pros

    Free calls

    Cons

    The Windows version is more user friendly

    Summary

    Must have app for everyone.

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