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Skype for Mac

By Skype Free Editors' Rating

Key Details of Skype

  • Stay within the reach with free Skype-to-Skype video/audio calls, videoconferencing, smart messaging, and screen sharing
  • Last updated on 10/15/20
  • There have been 7 updates within the past 6 months
  • The current version has 0 flags on VirusTotal badge_icon
  • Also available on Android, iOS, and Windows

Editors' Review

Download.com Staff Apr 30, 2014

Skype for Mac allows you to call your contacts and video chat with them, as well as make phone calls to landlines or cell phones. It's also capable of hosting conference calls and group video calls, and offers an accessible text messaging platform. Overall, this is one of the best and most appealing communication apps for OS X.

Pros

High quality: Skype for Mac's innovative VoIP technology provides high-quality audio and video communication. During our extensive use of Skype, with both local and international calls, we have consistently had positive experiences with the clear communication that this application provides. As long as you have a reliable Internet connection, you will be able to quickly and easily call or video chat with friends, family, and colleagues from around the globe.

Low prices: The rates for both domestic and international calls are inexpensive when compared to traditional phone costs or other Internet communication services. If you use Skype extensively, you can choose monthly plans that will save you even more on your bills. This app can help you lower your communication costs.

Cons

Not a replacement for your phone: Although you can call landlines and cell phones, and even purchase your own phone number through Skype, this application is not a replacement for having a phone. Skype does not offer local emergency 911 services, nor does it allow the recipients of your text messages to reply to them, unless you have a verified cell phone number with Skype.

Bottom Line

A high-quality application, Skype for Mac can replace your more expensive methods of communication. Easy to navigate and highly intuitive, it's an excellent option if you want to lower your phone bills. We recommend it above other communication systems, including FaceTime. Keep in mind, though, that Skype is not an alternative to owning a phone.

Full Specifications

What's new in version 8.65.0.78

  • Choose your backdrop: You can now choose one of our predefined backgrounds for video calls, in addition to uploading your own
  • The more the merrier: You can now see more of your friends than ever in a video call; up to ten in the new modern grid view.
  • Bug fixes and stability improvements. We've improved message sync because some conversations weren't updating, as well as made a few general improvements.

General

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

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Macintosh
Additional Requirements
  • macOS Catalina
  • macOS Mojave
  • macOS High Sierra
  • macOS Sierra
  • OS X El Capitan
  • OS X Yosemite
  • OS X Mavericks
  • OS X Mountain Lion
  • OS X Lion

Popularity

Total Downloads 1,598,612
Downloads Last Week 87
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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.