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Skype (Classic)

By Skype Free Editors' Rating

Key Details of Skype (Classic)

  • Expand boundaries and reach out to limitless opportunities for instant worldwide communication
  • Last updated on 10/15/20
  • There have been 9 updates within the past 6 months
  • The current version has 0 flags on VirusTotal badge_icon
  • Also available on Android, iOS, and Mac

Editors' Review

Download.com Staff Apr 17, 2014

Skype lets you make free voice and video calls to other Skype users, and to call any regular phone line for reasonable rates. You can also chat online for free, and because it's so widely used, there are few people you can't communicate with for free using this service.

Pros

Contact integration: You can now import all of your contacts from Facebook and Microsoft, so you can keep them all collected in one place. And because so many people use Skype, it's likely you can message or call just about anyone you know right from the app.

Screen share: It's now possible to share your screen with other users during a Skype call. This is a great feature, whether you're making calls for business or personal purposes, and it worked well during testing.

Cons

Duplicate contacts: When you import your contacts from another account like Facebook, it will add everyone including people you already had listed as regular Skype contacts. Fortunately, the profiles imported from Facebook are labeled as such, but you still have to go through and manually remove any duplicates you don't want.

Bottom Line

Skype has been around for a while, and although its call quality can be up and down at times depending on the quality of your connection, its ubiquity makes it the best option for free calls and chat. Rates for calls to regular phone numbers remain very reasonable as well, and the interface on this version is streamlined and intuitive.

Full Specifications

What's new in version 8.65.0.78

  • You can now customize the reaction picker in Skype, so the perfect reaction is always on hand.
  • Bug fixes and stability improvements. We've changed around some keyboard shortcuts to fix a bug between Skype and Terminal.

General

Release October 15, 2020
Date Added October 15, 2020
Version 8.65.0.78

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows, Windows 7
Additional Requirements None

Popularity

Total Downloads 21,193,610
Downloads Last Week 35
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Developer's Description

Skype is a little piece of software that lets you make free calls to anyone else on Skype, anywhere in the world. Skype uses P2P (peer-to-peer) technology to connect you with other users. It offers several features, including SkypeOut calling from Skype to regular and mobile phones worldwide, conference calling, and secure file transferring. You can also share your screen with other users. If you and your friends, family or business contacts are using webcams, you can make free video calls. And even though the calls are free, they are really excellent quality and secured with end-to-end encryption. You can as well call landlines and mobile phones at really cheap per minute rates.