Skype by Microsoft Corp.

4.5 stars

Editor's Rating


User Rating

6 6


make Internet phone calls Skype is a user friendly video and text messaging software, that allows you to make free Internet phone and HD video calls to any Skype user, anywhere in the world. The sound quality is as good or even better than regular phones, and requires no additional equipment, besides a normal PC microphone or headset. The Skype interface is similar to popular instant messenger clients and allows you to create a profile, with optional picture, that will be displayed when you call other Skype users or receive incoming call. Skype is very easy to use, and works with firewalls and NAT without any additional configuration changes. Basically, all you have to do is download, select a Skype username and you are ready to make or receive calls. Copyright

FYI: During our review, we found that this program offers to install promotional, third party components. Installation of these components is optional but you should pay attention during setup. Read our policy.

Product Details

Publisher Microsoft Corp. (37) O/S XP/Vista/7/8
Price Free Requirements None
Version 6.18 ...history File Size 34485 Kb
Last updated Jul 28, 2014

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5 stars25% 7
4 stars35% 10
3 stars3% 1
2 stars14% 4
1 star21% 6
Based on 28 reviews

Latest user reviews:

Long time user, but no more 2 stars by thespeeches175 Oct 17, 2013
We used Skype for years and appreciated that it was the 'original'. So when it came time to find an international calling service to keep in contact with our family member overseas, Skype was the natural choice. Unfortunately, the service failed miserably. First, you must purchase a subscription...seems like it makes sense, except that you must use your minutes each month or lose them. Unless you know exactly how long you're going to talk, you're better off finding a plan that charges by the actual minutes used. However, more importantly that this, it simply did not really work. Our first call went through and the quality was decent. However, we were never able to make any calls to the same number after that. When I tried to reach customer service, I discovered that you had to go through about 5 layers of FAQs before you could finally choose to either live chat with a rep or send an email. The 1st rep said we had tried to call when the line was busy; we accepted that explanation and tried luck. This time, we had a back up plan and used another service - Bingo, no problem connecting! Guess it wasn't busy after all, just crappy service from Skype. The kicker is that we were unable to get a refund for the unused minutes (even though we could never actually use them because the calls wouldn't go through) because that's their "policy". Buyer beware...wasted money, unreliable service and no recourse if you aren't satisfied except to cancel service! showShow review details
Great for windows, too simple on Linux 4 stars by trimax Jun 09, 2013 (Read all my 2 reviews)
Skype is my number 1 messanger. However I'm working in mixed envrionments and sometimes I use Linux. The Linux version is stripped down and very simplified alternative. I doubt that Microsoft - the new owner of Skype - we'll pay more focus on the Linux version to make it catch up with the Windows counter part. showShow review details
Skype was better when it was simpler 3 stars by ekimsnevets301 Feb 17, 2013
I loved Skype a few years ago. In fact I wouldn't even be participating in this review had I not been browsing online for something new to replace skype. Back in the day it seemed like I always got very good audio and video resolution and it was a program that stayed in the background unless you wanted it to seen. I am afraid like most all good things after it becomes noticed it is starting to get bogged down and intrusive. With Microsoft involved it can only get worse. I don't need ultra safe security that bogs everything down. I need simple, clear video communication. If someone wants to listen in while I'm video calling my wife and kids overseas be my guest but you need to get a life. showShow review details
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