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Stay in touch with people you know no matter where you are with voice, video or conference calls.

Pros

  • Video-calling, instant-messaging, video conferencing and voice-calls
  • Excellent audio and visual quality
  • Only an internet connection and a compatible device are required
  • Simple user interface
  • Free Skype-to-Skype calls
  • Reduced rates on international calls using Skype credit
  • Facebook integration
  • Multiple languages available

Cons

  • No call return or call blocking features

Skype 2015 is the latest version of the popular VoIP calling and messaging program for PC, developed by Skype Inc., which lets users chat, voice call and video call each other for free. The program is available to download in its full version here, completely free.

The Best Way to Communicate

Skype's reputation precedes itself as the best program out there for communicating with others. Essentially, Skype is a program that lets users call one another either between Skype accounts or between their mobile phone numbers, as if you were using a real phone. It is truly the most convenient way to communicate, offering free calls and messages between Skype users, and greatly reduced rates for landline, international and mobile numbers.

The program can be downloaded for free from the Skype website, with a simple installation process. Once installed, Skype asks you to create your Skype username, a password, and you're all set. Please note that this username differs from your name as it will appear on Skype, similar to Facebook. The login screen also provides the option of picking another username if you've created one. The Tools menu lets you select your native language, with several dozen popular choices.

User Interface and Other Features

Skype's UI is incredibly user friendly and very easy to navigate. Menus and options are clearly displayed, menus such as the dialpad are a classic Skype blue color. Its main emphasis is on making calls and communicating with people as efficiently as possible. The main menu lets you make calls, view your contacts, use a status bar to update people on your various activities, as well as a series of promotions available for Skype users.

The status bar syncs with your Facebook account and acts as your Facebook Wall. You can also toggle between recent conversations and contacts. When adding contacts, the Contacts menu lets you specify a username or person's name manually, after which an invitation is sent for their approval. To build up a list of contacts quickly, however, you can use Facebook to import contacts for you.

Getting the Most Out of Skype

Making calls with Skype is done using your internet connection as a carrier. The only other prerequisites are that you have a microphone and some kind of speakers. The program supports voice calls, video calls, video conferences, messaging, file attachments, and more.

For mobiles, landlines, and international numbers, you will have to purchase Skype credit. The benefit of this, however, is that the rates for these calls are significantly lower than those of telephone companies.

For all Skype-to-Skype services, you simply have to click on a person's name. Doing so will bring up a message list and a small message box, a small profile image, and two blue buttons for voice and video calls. To call someone, you just have to click the button, and a dial tone will sound similar to a real phone. For video calls, resolution depends on your camera, but is typically of highly quality. For video conferencing, Skype even lets you contact up to ten users at a time. Messages can be sent via the bar at the bottom of the page.

Call Mobiles, Landlines and International Numbers Cheaply

Calling people with Skype is for many the best way to communicate, since sending messages and making calls between Skype users is totally free. For mobiles, landlines, and international numbers, you will have to purchase Skype credit. The benefit of this, however, is that the rates for these calls are significantly lower than those of telephone companies. Additional services such as voicemail, caller ID, call forwarding and call transfer are also available. The program is missing a couple of options, such as call return and call blocking, but for most users it's an extremely handy communication tool.

The Verdict

Skype for PC is hands down the best communication tool on the web, providing free calling and messaging services between Skype users, high quality video conferencing, multiple add-ons, Facebook integration for wall statuses and contact lists, and so much more. Landline and international calls are also cheaper thanks to the Skype credit system. If you ever want to make a call cheaply and without complications, Skype's user-friendly interface will guide you through it all. A fantastic program and a must-have for any serious social or business user.

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Type Freeware

Version 7.1.0.105

Size 1.48 MB

Other versions

7.1.0.105 6.22.81.104 6.20.0.104 6.18.73.106 6.18.73.106

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