Skype for Windows Fileforum Pick

3.7 out of 5 stars 3.7 (1929 votes)


Windows 7/8/10/Vista/XP / Freeware / 797,832 downloads

Skype is software that enables the world's conversations. Millions of individuals and businesses use Skype to make free video and voice calls, send instant messages and share files with other people. You can use Skype on whatever works best for you - on your mobile, computer or a TV with Skype on it. If you pay a little, you can do more – like call phones, access WiFi, send SMS and make group video calls. You can pay as you go or buy a subscription, whatever works for you. And in the world of business, this means you can bring your entire ecosystem of workers, partners and customers together to get things done.

Reviews of Skype for Windows

  1. 1 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Oct 21, 2016)

    crapware !

  2. 1 out of 5 stars
    some guy

    Reviewing (Oct 21, 2016)

    Hangouts is a much better cross platform program no ADDS !

  3. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Sep 16, 2016)

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  4. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Aug 31, 2016)

    Official Skype for Windows desktop application alows you to stay in touch anytime and anywhere - whether on your phone or computer at home or work. The app itself is quite similar to Skype Web that was meant to be an extension of your phone: the app mirrors conversations and messages from your mobile device.

    Skype for Windows is available for Windows 8 and later and is synced with your mobile device. Because the app runs natively on your desktop, you'll have support for native desktop notifications and better keyboard shortcuts.

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  5. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Jul 5, 2016)

    Eu adoraria usar este software, além Eu também uso

  6. 1 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Jul 1, 2016)

    Viber is better and free also

  7. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Jun 18, 2016)

    Skype is now worldwide famous software i think its best until the world ends

  8. 1 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Mar 13, 2016)

    I haven't used Skype for three years. Last week I had two automatic withdrawals from my PayPal account in which I did not know I had agreed to automatic renewals in the small print of the agreement for a phone number that I signed up for for business use. Of course PayPal sided with Microsoft when I opened a dispute. I have since cancelled the reoccurring charges and Microsoft can go fu*k themselves for their sneaky tactics.

  9. 2 out of 5 stars
    some guy

    Reviewing (Feb 11, 2016)

    was good back in the day but today their are to many alternatives like google hangouts that work better cross platformed and do a better job with no advertisement

  10. 1 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Nov 23, 2015)

    Would not use skype if they paid me, nothing but Microsoft snoopware so it has been said on CNET and other places.. I think it is true, Microsoft is getting just like the government, they can not be trusted any more and that really is very sad. I stay clear of this junk...

  11. 1 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Sep 24, 2015)

    People still use this? whoa

  12. 4 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Jan 30, 2015)

    Not sure why, but the last couple of updates have forced me to uninstall Skype before I can install the newest version. I keep getting "Current File already exists" and it stops the installation process. This even when using the auto update from the program. I'm giving it a 4 because of this. Microsoft strikes again.

  13. 3 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Jan 29, 2015)

    block advertising
    add this to your host file (C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc)

  14. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Jan 27, 2015)

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  15. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Dec 31, 2014)

    Excellent as always... After upgrade I can't login. But I restart my computer and then everything was fine. YEP, Skype is NOT DEAD YET!!! hehehe...

  16. 1 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Dec 9, 2014)

    Skype is dead. Much better alternatives can be found online.

  17. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Dec 9, 2014)

    nice update i wish to use it online on my site

  18. 2 out of 5 stars
    some guy

    Reviewing (Nov 7, 2014)

    well said Blaxima and thanks for the link
    a very nice web based video chat. I do like the video chat through my gmail and for the phone google circles lets you make calls and text free on the Android it works well, when you don't have cell service like me ... cheap :)

  19. 1 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Oct 30, 2014)

    It would appear that each new version is just to plug up the ways people are trying to block the banner ads which appear in every window as well as video chats with a sprinkling of ui changes. This is not freeware anymore but but adware

    I am removing this crap once and for all and will be encouraging everyone I know who use it to do the same. Well done M$

    For IM I will just text with my phone or use email.
    For video I'm going to give vLine a try, it's uses your browser instead of a client.

    and just to repeat the WARNING from my previous post

    DO NOT LOG OUT OF SKYPE IF YOU ARE USING ANYTHING OTHER THAN THE LATEST VERSION. I did and now I can't log back in. I get a message instead that says "We've signed you out because you are using an outdated version of Skype, Download the latest version now"

  20. 1 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Oct 10, 2014)

    Having same problem as Blaxima. Was dumb enough to upgrade to the new version. Now i Can't log in. I rarely use it, so I'll add this crap to the jump the shark software bin and remove it and say goodbye. I noticed Microsoft must of bought it out. Guess I haven't payed attention to that. Like the way AOL ruined Netscape and Winamp, you got another big company buying out a descent software and ruining it.

  21. 4 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 6.20.104 (Sep 3, 2014)

    Nilst you are an idiot

    Nice update, reasonably good software

  22. 1 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Aug 23, 2014)

    Nice NSA spyware. All calls are re-directed to Washington and then to NSA.

  23. 1 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Aug 2, 2014)


    I did and now I can't log back in. I get a message instead that says "We've signed you out because you are using an outdated version of Skype, Download the latest version now"

    I am not impressed

  24. 2 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Jul 9, 2014)

    Very bloated :(

  25. 3 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (May 13, 2014)

    Updated Skype to Windows Desktop version and what a slow-poke this is.... it takes for ever to load and close. What have they done to Skype??? The previous version 6.14.104 was doing just fine, fast loading and closing and not even a hiccup what so ever. They really messed up this time. They should have left it alone. This new so called Desktop Version is probably written to enhance it's operation with Windows 8 even though it's for windows 7 also. They forgot the Wins 7 people which are more than Wins 8. If I could get back the old Version 6.14.104 I would get rid of this Desktop Version. Don't like it at all. HEY SKYPE WHAT HAVE YOU DONE ????

  26. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Mar 11, 2014)

    great stuff

  27. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Feb 19, 2014)

    No problems upgrading to No ads or toolbars.

    Best voip out there!

  28. 2 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Jan 22, 2014)

    Why does this thing always seem so incredibly heavy on the system ? It's only meant to be a simple messaging system for crying out loud !

    I maintain home computers, and it's always painfully obvious when this is installed on one. There will always be that additional 15 second delay before the 'gloop' sound comes out of the thing - and until that point, the machine will be completely unresponsive to any attempts to start anything.

  29. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Nov 20, 2013)

    No tool-bars or ad's here in UK - Works great.

  30. 2 out of 5 stars
    some guy

    Reviewing (Oct 3, 2013)

    still have not address the 2738 error code many people get when trying to install because of the tool bar skype has to install during installation with no option to uncheck and say I don't want your dam tool bar installed

  31. 4 out of 5 stars
    extremely well

    Reviewing (Jul 31, 2013)

    Skype 6.7 changes:

  32. 3 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Jul 31, 2013)

    I use it in business and its pretty goo providing you don't make calls to mobiles but the thing that annoys me is this. I am a paying bi client and STILL there are ads o nthe bottom showing up, I can live with it but its annoying.

  33. 1 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Jul 31, 2013)

    It's got a bug in it that eats up memory big time. And it is one of NSA's PRISM spying tools as revealed by Edward Snowden.

  34. 4 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Jul 3, 2013)

    works great,
    no ads under compact view

  35. 1 out of 5 stars
    Artem S. Tashkinov

    Reviewing (Jul 3, 2013)

    -1 for official spying on users (which wasn't carried out years before).
    -1 for the awful interface
    -1 for removing features
    -1 for intrusive ads
    -1 for increased memory usage
    -1 for future API removal

    How can I rate this zero?

  36. 1 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Jul 3, 2013)

    I you want the NSA to know everything to do please go ahead and use Skype :)

  37. 2 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Jun 6, 2013)

    Canada is not the US and I see bloody ads and not the people I'm video talking to, they can see me though. This never used to happen. My connection is fast so this has become crap imo

  38. 4 out of 5 stars
    some guy

    Reviewing (Jun 5, 2013)

    works great on my Logitech 260 and 270 HD cameras at full screen video quality is fantastic. The adds are noticeable in small window mode. The sad part today it's hard to find a good chat video program that supports HD cam and does not make you down load a bunch of crap like windows Live so for now this is still the best one out their, Under Linux OS I see no adds :) but can be a pain to install so -1 star for adds under windows

  39. 2 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing Beta (May 2, 2013)

    Full of ads, despite your location.
    Looks worse than MSN and wont take long before its unusable junk.

  40. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing Beta (May 1, 2013)

    ADS: only in US
    Anywhere in the rest of the world Skype looks clean.

  41. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Mar 15, 2013)

    @some guy - What ad's? - I have yet to see any.

  42. 1 out of 5 stars
    some guy

    Reviewing (Mar 14, 2013)

    the windows version has way to much advertisement should have known soon as MS got their hands on it it would go down hill

  43. 4 out of 5 stars
    Artem S. Tashkinov

    Reviewing (Mar 14, 2013)

    It works, but I still mourn the removed features.

  44. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Mar 14, 2013)

    Good program, updates without problems, stable.

  45. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Mar 13, 2013)


    Reviewing (Jan 11, 2013)

    "I use this on a regular basis. I see no bloat, it does what it says it will. I don't use the pay services, but the call quality is crisp and clear."
    By and large, those who say there is bloat are trolls.

  46. 3 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Feb 14, 2013)

    Was perfect till the last version. Force closes with this one.

  47. 4 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Jan 24, 2013)

    Is this (the .msi one) a standalone installer. What's the difference between this one and ?

  48. 3 out of 5 stars
    some guy

    Reviewing (Jan 24, 2013)

    whats new in this version ?

  49. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Jan 13, 2013)

    As long as the quality, the prices and the paysafecard as a regular payment option remain, I'm in.
    Skype is great! Why is everybody so nervous about the Windows 8 version?

  50. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Jan 11, 2013)

    I use this on a regular basis. I see no bloat, it does what it says it will. I don't use the pay services, but the call quality is crisp and clear.

  51. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Jan 10, 2013)

    I'm quite impressed with this, I don't feel it's overly bloated & I see no ads's though I do use AD Muncher?

  52. 1 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Jan 10, 2013)

    Skype is bloated crapware :(

  53. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Nov 16, 2012)

    I see bruno is bringing his trolling to other software reviews. Ignore him, he's either a fool or brain dead.

  54. 4 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Nov 15, 2012)

    @bruno, what are you talking about? There has never been a WINDOWS 6.
    The Skype version is 6.
    And @ cyberdoc, no, the actual version # is

  55. 3 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Nov 15, 2012)

    Full of ads, on the way to become a clone of MSN, which isn't a chat client anymore but rather a bloated ugly adware.
    But there isn't a good alternative for now.

  56. 4 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Nov 15, 2012)

    They need to change the info to reflect that it is now owned my Microsoft that it may have a bad future.

  57. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Nov 14, 2012)

    Correct version number should be Skype

  58. 3 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Jul 9, 2012)

    why only the setupfile 800k before it was 20,000k
    the prog crash any pc(x64) with teamviewer ...

  59. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Jul 3, 2012)

    skype is best messenger for video chat..
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  60. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Jun 7, 2012)

    Not quite sure what you are referring to, because I just updated to this latest Skype with no uninstall of the older version.
    Maybe they fixed something that wasn't giving me a problem.

  61. 4 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Apr 12, 2012)

    Ah! I see what you mean. I use Skype for all my long distance and have used it from the beginning. But.....I will not start having to delete the program every time before update. We should be way past that.

  62. 2 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Apr 12, 2012)

    Why is there no full installer for this? The web installer just scans forever without connection and the msi version will not intstall over the exe installation.What BS

  63. 1 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Mar 6, 2012)

    Skype hogs resources keeps droping calls and rebuffering. I am so glad to see Microsoft throwing their money down a Rat Hole. If their is a better program than Skype I want the World to know about it.

  64. 1 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Feb 22, 2012)

    Garbage, and no alternative for now, lets hope they decide at Google to pimp their ancient client soon.

  65. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Feb 22, 2012)

    @Uriel: First off, Skype was doing a partnership with Facebook BEFORE they were bought by Microsoft, so MS definitely doesn't have anything to do with "killing Skype". Secondly, if you believe that a thing like privacy exists in Internet age - you are very much wrong. Thirdly, the memory thing you say you "read on some web site" about (meaning you didn't experience it yourself) is NOT there, and never was, at least in my case (Win7 SP1 x64). And how ignorant does one have to be to rate something based on what one "read" (!!!) somewhere.
    For me, the thing about Skype is that there is no alternative for it around. I mean, there are different programs/clients that do the very same thing Skype does, but NONE of them have the coverage that Skype has. And I simply can not ask people to install some extra software every time I need to chat or call. So, well, as much as I hate Skype and Facebook integration (and I'm not on FB ofc), I simply don't see an alternative, at least as of now.
    It's easy to troll Skype. How about instead of doing that you suggest a VIABLE alternative to it?

  66. 1 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Feb 2, 2012)

    • Full HD video-calling
    • Support for Facebook audio and video-calling (beta) (Yay)
    • Group screen sharing
    • Hide offline Facebook contacts (Yay)
    • Push to Talk
    • Skype updater service (Yay)
    • Bing Toolbar integration (Yay)

    Due to the fact that I don't use Facebook for privacy reasons and Skype's integration into it so that they together with Facebook can data mine you, I have cancelled my subscription to Skype through PayPal because of this marriage. Skype is gone. Thanks Microsoft for killing Skype.

    Skype is a resource hog. For those of you who keep it running you should check it out in Task Manager. I read on some web site that there is a memory leak in Skype which causes it to keep growing and they won't fix it. But it goes over 900 000 K after just a couple of hours of idleness.

  67. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Oct 15, 2011)

    I expected a new version of Skype and with the new improvements I'm all satisfied.

  68. 4 out of 5 stars
    Joseph A

    Reviewing (Oct 3, 2011)


    You wrote: Now that Skype has introduced "In call advertising" I will not upgrade to this new version unless it gets removed or a way is found to hide the ad.

    Page states that: Users have the option to hide the ad while on the call by simply clicking on the "Close ad" button.

    It is a nuisance, though!

  69. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Oct 1, 2011)

    Still the best mainstream text and VoIP app. Removed annoying ,,Skype Home,, pop-up. If you have credits or subscription,no ads for you,is honest if your paid.

  70. 1 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Sep 30, 2011)

    Now that Skype has introduced "In call advertising" i will not upgrade to this new version unless it gets removed or a way is found to hide the ad.

  71. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Sep 30, 2011)

    Wow, this version is VERY VERY fast! I'd highly recommend to update!

  72. 1 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Sep 30, 2011)

    * No support
    * Bad software
    * Hogs the soundcard *

    * Meaning that on my computer that is configured with accelerated audio, then my computer freezes. ONLY Skype does this.

    I am happy with oovoo. At least they make proper software... a tad ugly, but it works. And they have support.

  73. 2 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Sep 30, 2011)

    WOW what a pig. This version uses 3 times the memory compared to the 4 branch(158K kb to 46K kb) and for what? A few new smileys? Facebook integration? Having a harder time to edit my away message? No thanks

    Interface is cleaner looking though, I'll give it that

  74. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Sep 30, 2011)

    This version has taken off "Skype Home" popup on login which is great! Thanks to the team.

  75. 1 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Sep 29, 2011)

    Total crap. Massive spyware

  76. 4 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Sep 2, 2011)

    Why would anyone want a new Linux version? Because video support stinks, the UI is a retroactive abortion, etc. The best version available right now is the iPad version (yes, I did say the iPad version - I use it daily).

  77. 1 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Sep 1, 2011)

    Why use this "spyware" ? Microsoft can listen to all calls, so why use ?

  78. 4 out of 5 stars
    some guy

    Reviewing (Sep 1, 2011)

    windows 2000 lol get with the times I could dig you up Win98 ME

  79. 1 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Aug 28, 2011)

    New version does not install on Windows 2000. Portable version does not run either, so remove Windows 2000 from compatibility list folks.

    Just for the curious, I down-graded my P3 laptop that I use in cable rooms to Windows 2000 running on a solid-state flash drive. Windows 2000 light and stable for testing. Running on a solid state drive means I can carry the laptop around in environments that I would not normally subject a laptop to. I use a SATA drive in the multi-bay when I need a modern OS. I believe an old P3 is much more versatile than a netbook with a 10-inch screen and no drive bays.

    i downloaded the last version of Skype 4.2 and it installs and runs fine in 2K. You can get old versions here:

    And yes, Skype for Windows is bloated. Why would anyone want a new version for Linux when you see what has happened to the Windows versions?

  80. 4 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Aug 25, 2011)

    I know I'm in FantasyLand but how about an update for the Linux version? I've got this on Windows and it's OK, on the iPad and it's a religious experience but I want a decent version on my Linux box.

    FOUR stars (the iPad version would get SIX).

  81. 1 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Aug 25, 2011)

    This software has gone from being an excellent simple way of communicating online, to a bloated conglomeration of unnecessary add-ons that have made the program totally unusable. I tried this new version and have now completely removed Skype from my computer. What a shame!

  82. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Aug 25, 2011)

    For those who don't like the Facebook integration (like myself), get Skype Business. It's exactly the same thing, but without the g**d*** FB:

  83. 2 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Aug 24, 2011)

    Bloatware for those who wish not to sign up with FaceBook.

  84. 1 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Aug 24, 2011)

    Skype has def. jumped the shark. This version adds a skype button to ur toolbar. Good luck trying to remove it or even hide it. I don't skype enough to keep it, so i got rid of it.

  85. 1 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Aug 7, 2011)

    Skype becames more and more bloated. I just tried google talk, and not only it's much lighter, but also it gives much better voice quality. To my skype is dead.

  86. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Aug 4, 2011)

    You can get a full offline download via which works fine with Windows 7 64 bit edition.

  87. 1 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Aug 3, 2011)

    I can't even install this version on Win7, 64. "Installing Skype failed; code 2 The system cannot find the file specified"

  88. 4 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Aug 3, 2011)

    The message interface is so mall, not like MSN or Yahoo Messenger.

  89. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Aug 3, 2011)

    Easy to use with simple interface.

  90. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Aug 3, 2011)

    Peter.S.Wilts, you clearly don't have a clue about how software is updated. The update notification within the Skype software have to rely on the version data being updated on Skype's servers. Sometimes this takes time. However, the website and other URLs ALWAYS point to the latest files, because as soon as they are updated on the servers, they are available. isn't a beta, and you'd know this if you actually downloaded it. Next time, keep your incorrect assumptions to yourself.

    As for Skype, it works and works well. I have this proper actual NON-BETA version running right now.

  91. 4 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Aug 2, 2011)

    Pete: You either have some serious anger management issues or you are a troll or both. Don't you have something else to do or some other site you can spend time on? Seriously, Pete, get a grip and find a more constructive way to send your time.


    Reviewing (Aug 2, 2011)

    All this below is garbage. I am running windows 7 (x64), earlier version of Skype and used the Check for Updates button. It quite clearly states that I have the latest version which is 5.3.120 so where does this version 5.5. whatever cone from as it certainly not for any x64 system and and it does not state that it is a BETA therfore any review here is just a big blog off as none of you like it, used it or even tried it.

    This SUPPOSED version does not even install on a x64 machine so where do you get you load of crap from ...

    Oh yes I see .. all running BETA versions .. what the hell do you think a BETA version is ... fools, it is NOT a finished version it is for people to test

  92. 1 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Aug 2, 2011)

    All this below is garbage. I am running windows 7 (x64), earlier version of Skype and used the Check for Updates button. It quite clearly states that I have the latest version which is 5.3.120 so where does this version 5.5. whatever cone from as it certainly not for any x64 system and and it does not state that it is a BETA therfore any review here is just a big blog off as none of you like it, used it or even tried it.

    This SUPPOSED version does not even install on a x64 machine so where do you get you load of crap from ...

    Oh yes I see .. all running BETA versions .. what the hell do you think a BETA version is ... fools, it is NOT a finished version it is for people to test

  93. 1 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Jul 28, 2011)

    Total garbage, and now that microcrap has bought it its just a matter of time till its gone. Reverse engineer the protocol and break up this monopoly as soon as possible I say.

  94. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing Beta (Jun 20, 2011)

    Dude,MS and Zuck just want a watching you,this is the best way to do that ) All another things is working fine.Also do not forget..GV targeted only for US

  95. 1 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing Beta (Jun 20, 2011)

    Even more fbook integration from which there is NO way to opt out. Wow, great stuff...
    Crap, crap, crap. PEOPLE, SWITCH TO GOOGLE VOICE or whatever else.

  96. 1 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing Beta (Jun 20, 2011)

    cant belive still no multiplay instance of API like in 3.8, whats wrong with them.

  97. 1 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing Beta (Jun 20, 2011)

    Sykpe live messenger for windows live go start, 7.

  98. 3 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (May 28, 2011)

    Any alternatives now that Microsoft purchased this from eBay? Pretty soon we'll be forced to get Live ID to logon.

  99. 1 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (May 25, 2011)

    New versions goes to downgrade usability :(
    Just go and install the old version:

  100. 1 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (May 24, 2011)

    This program is history. Crap....

  101. 2 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Apr 23, 2011)

    WTF did they take people search out. Asss butts! Two stars!!!

  102. 3 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Apr 21, 2011)

    That's a half truth niknetpc. You can turn off 3rd party promo's but not Skype's nagging to purchase this and that.

    What to say, it works but it's sheer girth has become far too much to tolerate. The 5 branch is just not worth the upgrade from version 4 and if it wasn't for the connection issues I had with v3, I'd still be using that.

  103. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Apr 20, 2011)

    Still the best VoIP client for folks.Google Talk is just like perfect Gmail checker today with very basic voice functionality,not active development for the years,always in beta,nothing more and compared with Skype is absurd for now.) Also Skype has ability to switch on off personal ads in the option menu. @Blaxima - do you know.,ads targeted for US,UK and Germany people only based in your location in your profile and IP address,if you outside this country's don"t worry,you have no ads.Skype also have option-Alerts & messages in the main menu,you may switch on off tips messages and promotions and everything be clear.

  104. 1 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Apr 20, 2011)

    Agree with HeilNizar, it's now crammed with rubbish crapware--ad bloatware that's trying to con you to pay for the extras. It's now annoying to use.

    When I occasionally have to use it I use the much lighter version, this is close to or is the last version that works relatively well but still has no ads. (The nonsense started in v4.)

    Also v 3.x uses closer screen spacing than v5 for the contacts listing thus has a smaller footprint on the screen. (I'm guessing--I don't use Skype on a phone--but maybe wider line spacing in v5 is because of smartphone use - maybe avatar/icon size matches better on small screen (?)).

    This v5 version of Skype is a first class example of how software turns to crapware after marketing and accountants get to it.

    Use v3x if you can get it.

  105. 1 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Apr 8, 2011)

    Garbage, used to be good when it was lite and objective, right now its another good software went bloated.
    Time to move on to Google talk

  106. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Apr 7, 2011)

    Still the best mainstream everyone has VoIP client,no problem with it,all works fine.One new funny thing - unable to install over old existing version,program asking to uninstall old version first

  107. 3 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Apr 7, 2011)

    Installed fine here on Win 7 x64 Home Premium and ran fine as well. I did have to turn off Compatibility Mode for it in Windows first (i guess i had that on to fix a previous issue with Skype).

    Gave 3 stars for mediocre audio quality compared to Google Voice and the software getting bloated. Still using it but only until Google gets a desktop client for GV, then i'm cancelling my subscription and phone #.

  108. 1 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Apr 7, 2011)

    Got me Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit and this latest version would not install correctly -kept crashing. Had to go back to previous version. Do Skype try these versions out on all OS systems. It would also help if someone there read what is being written on this site about their product.

  109. 1 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Apr 7, 2011) still crashes on Win7 x64 right after start, just like the previous version.

  110. 1 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Apr 7, 2011)

    The 5.x versions are not worth the trouble. Using Google Voice now - Skype 5.x has never worked properly. Continued issues with quality of call- (hear and talk) - Version 4 of Skype was great. The 5.x versions have been horrible. Will be discontinuing Skype and using Google Voice going forward. GV has been rock solid and works perfect every time- no delays, drops, voice issues. GV is free right now.

  111. 4 out of 5 stars
    Artem S. Tashkinov

    Reviewing (Apr 7, 2011)

    You cannot search for random people using Skype 5.x any longer. What a bummer!

    Thus Skype rating nosedives :)

    If you need to find random people to talk to, you can download Skype 4 from here: bit dot ly/hJj5X4

  112. 3 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Apr 7, 2011)

    seriosly still no multiply instance of API just like 3..8? thats why in my company we are all still on 3.8 :D

  113. 1 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Mar 22, 2011) just crashes on Win7 x64, right after start.

  114. 4 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Mar 21, 2011)

    I'm a paid user with my own number. After installing the beta the touch tones no longer work after a call is made. I work for ADT selling residential systems. I'm required to make 50 telemarketing calls a DAY. Using a tool called Gryphon that makes sure I don't call a "Do Not Call" number. I was able dial in for hours without a problem dialing number after number. Now after my first number I call the touch tones stop working. Please fix this Skype,

  115. 1 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Mar 19, 2011)

    Did not work in my machine, it just crash. I uninstalled the previous version, install it above the old one, reboot the pc, remove everything, rebooted and begin again and everytime this version just crashed.

    I hate the fact that I cannot resize the compact window to a mode where I feel comfortable. I can see old good days are now gone

  116. 3 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Mar 16, 2011)

    Stop me if you've heard this before, bloat bloat bloat bloat bloat. The 5 branch is resource hungry. It uses 30mb more memory than v4 just to sit there. Version 3 always had connection issues for me so I use v4 and will not be upgrading any time soon if this is the direction they are taking

  117. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Mar 16, 2011)

    There are a lot of comments regarding the fact that Skype has become bloated and is not as streamlined as it once was. I'm in agreement and that is why I'm still using v3.8 - I was never forced to upgrade.

  118. 1 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Mar 16, 2011)

    Used to be good when they used to focus on making it small, fast and has useful features, its another good software that went downhill.
    Google Talk is still far from good, but will be the way to go soon as they listen more to their users.

  119. 4 out of 5 stars
    Artem S. Tashkinov

    Reviewing (Mar 15, 2011)

    You cannot search for random people using Skype any longer.

    What a bummer!

    Skype rating also takes a bummer!

    If you need to find random people to talk to, you can download Skype 4 from here: bit dot ly/hJj5X4

  120. 1 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing Beta (Feb 11, 2011)

    What's up with Facebook? I do not have a Facebook account and never will. Damned marketing ploys! And I can't to searches for old friends anymore either. I guess I am going to have to cancel my subscription now.

  121. 2 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Feb 1, 2011)

    Since 5.0 Skype it's working sub-par on two of my systems. Problems with audio quality and levels that are easily fixed with reverting to an old version.

    And of course it's bloatware.

  122. 4 out of 5 stars
    Artem S. Tashkinov

    Reviewing (Jan 8, 2011)

    Skype offline installer link/url:

  123. 4 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Jan 6, 2011)

    Whoa! Something wrong here! Skype sits on the screen with the buttons pulsating, no button response to cursor, no taskbar icon response to cursor.
    Deleted the build and reinstalled with absolutely no change.
    Hope I do not have to install older version. Has been my long distance phone almost since the first day it came out.

  124. 4 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Oct 18, 2010)

    home screen has finally be removed/hidden
    too heavy and bloated for just calling or chating with few friends
    Even if the quality of the calls is good i prefered the old good lighter versions

    Anyway it does it's job so i give a 4 stars

  125. 1 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Oct 16, 2010)


  126. 2 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Oct 15, 2010)

    I must say please stop the bloat-ware
    that crap you put in to fire fox needs to stop
    this thing is 80% spyware

  127. 2 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Oct 15, 2010)

    Bloated and you cant seem to get rid of the home screen.
    Used to be good software, now it seem it has gone down hill.

  128. 4 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing Beta (Oct 5, 2010)

    Offline messages sounds nice, although it rather sounds as a change to the server (which now stores undelivered messages), rather than to the client. Will this also be backward compatible with Skype v4 and v3?
    And what exactly does "general UI refresh" mean? is it more intuitive now or does it still require IT skills to show an incoming message?

  129. 1 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing Beta (Sep 8, 2010)

    The new client interface is horrible and 2 steps backwards. What was once succinctly displayed on only one screen is now displayed on two--resulting in more clicks and scrolling when used, and sometimes good-to-know information not being seen at all if only the contacts screen is left open.

    As for SMS, I recently contacted Skype about problems I was having and was told it isn't fully supported in the United States. Doh!

  130. 2 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing Beta (Sep 3, 2010)

    Good voice quality unless you have a slow connection, unlike Yahoo messenger which delivers a great voice quality no matter the speed of your internet.
    And I don't recommend getting credit for SMS use, as this "Not delivered" message will make you think of committing suicide.

  131. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing Beta (Sep 3, 2010)

    Getting better and better. Love it!
    What's new:

    They NEVER forced anything. Before install you can choose what to install by going to Custom options, so nigplz.

  132. 1 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing Beta (Sep 2, 2010)

    Are they still force installing crapware into your browser like 'leo highlighter' on your machine when you install the client?

  133. 4 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing Beta (Sep 2, 2010)

    No, when Cisco buys Skype, you will have to use UI5 AND pay for it...

  134. 4 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing Beta (Sep 2, 2010)

    will someone tell me did they get back multi instances of API? if not i will so past this version too lol

  135. 3 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Aug 30, 2010)

    I hate the UI of Skype 4. I hope Cisco buys it and restores the UI of Skype 3... Otherwise good program, full of features I use and even more clutterware I don't.

  136. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Jun 19, 2010)

    Best and most reliable free Phone-Video software around!

  137. 1 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (May 11, 2010)

    I hate Skype version 4.x so I still use version 3.8

    They destroyed the GUI with version 4 in my opinion.

  138. 2 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (May 11, 2010)

    i will not use skype 4 untill i can use multiply instances of API just like on 3.8

  139. 5 out of 5 stars
    Artem S. Tashkinov

    Reviewing (Apr 28, 2010)

    An excellent software, though the UI could have been made better (less cluttered and more informative).

  140. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Apr 28, 2010)

    Yeah!, they fixed one gripe I had of the 4.2 branch on Win7. It no longer takes up taskbar space when I close it. Thank you Skype for listening to customers requests.

  141. 4 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Apr 27, 2010)

    I thought the same thing a month or so ago, even complained about it on the skype forums.
    MSM did the same when I used to use that, same fix works.
    right click -> properties on skype's exe, run in vista compatibility mode.

    The devs have listened though, changelog :

    All Extras and games are now free of charge.
    Added an option to disable Skype icon in the task bar when using Skype with Windows 7.
    The “Shop” tab was removed.

    It's in advanced -> Advanced Settings: Keep skype in the taskbar while I'm signed in

  142. 1 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Apr 27, 2010)

    Someone should get kick in the face for this minimizing "feature" since 4.2. BTW is it fixed in .168 ?

  143. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Apr 8, 2010)

    OK......I too wish it would not minimize to the task bar but if you click the red "x" it will minimize to an icon. Good enough for me.
    This program has handled almost all of my long distance for years now. Also I have video chats with family I don't see often due to the miles between us and that has been irreplaceable.
    It hasn't been long ago they did work on the GUI and I expect another, just don't know when. As long as it stays SIMPLE! I detest teaching people on the other end how to use something that has been changed just for the sake of change.

  144. 2 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Apr 8, 2010)

    -Great voice quality

    But that's all

    -Chaotic Ugly GUI
    -Text chat doesn't go through all the time
    -Extremely annoying sounds
    -And most of all their s*** ads all over the place like nasty face zits

  145. 4 out of 5 stars
    Second Shadow

    Reviewing (Mar 11, 2010)

    This is where the Skype people hide the FULL setup files, release notes and changelogs:

    Just WHY they don't make all of this more accessible is beyond me

  146. 2 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Mar 11, 2010)

    Booooooo! taskbar program button never goes away. good program though. going back to 4.1

  147. 2 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Mar 10, 2010)

    they still haven't fixed the task bar issue,
    and now after installing this latest version compatibility mode isn't fixing the problem set to either vista or xp, I've had to go back to the 4.1 branch to get around it. I was so pleased to see a new version out so quickly and so disappointed to see nothing had changed.

  148. 3 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Mar 10, 2010)

    The last few releases have broken features and the interface is becoming too cluttered. I still do prefer version 4 over 3 but I wish they would trim it down a bit and fix some annoying things that have been there for a while as well as stop having it do a soft close and just close

  149. 3 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Feb 26, 2010)

    you can let Skype know how you feel about the new "icon on the taskbar behaviour" here
    whether they pay any attention to the overwhelming disapproval is another thing of course.
    you can set the compatibility mode to Vista as well as XP to get around this annoyance.
    Good program but you wonder about the programmers sometimes.

  150. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Feb 26, 2010)

    Still the best IM and voice program over the years. No peering with other networks like SIP, but simple to use, and has lots of features. Sound quality is great, up to HD. Also Skype expand to mobile networks in US & UK, become virtual calling provider for mobile phones. Skype team really works for improving own product.

  151. 2 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Feb 25, 2010)

    I think Skype destroyed the user interface when they went from 3.x to 4.x so I still use version 3.8 because I find the user interface in version 4.x totally unusable.

  152. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Feb 25, 2010)

    Midichlorian_Joe: god bless you, you're a life-saviour!!!!

  153. 3 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Feb 25, 2010)

    Here's a fix for the taskbar problem (which also works for other annoying taskbar problems such as IM software, which is where I learned it):

    Head to the Program Files folder (or Program Files (x86) if you're using 64 bit windows) and find the Skype folder. Inside it, find the "Phone" folder and open it.

    Right-click the "Skype.exe" file and pick "Properties." On the "Compatibility" tab, choose to have the program run in compatibility mode as if it's using an earlier version of Windows. (I use the mode for Vista SP2 - XP's titlebar isn't translucent.) Restart the software and it leaves out all the Windows 7 "special" additions like the taskbar problem.

    Skype has been getting better and better, but this taskbar thing just seems like idiocy. Luckily this fixes it until they can.

  154. 4 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Feb 25, 2010)

    you can grab the full installation from here:

  155. 4 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Feb 25, 2010)

    5 for functionality and ease of use.
    -1 for ridiculous bootstrapper instead of the full install

  156. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing Beta (Dec 12, 2009)

    Best quality video IM out there, audio is good as well and it runs fine on low bandwidth situation as well.

  157. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing Beta (Dec 10, 2009)

    Hate that Skype is in the taskbar in win7 now. But still, all as good as usual.

    What's new:

  158. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Oct 13, 2009)

    Skype has been my sole long distance carrier for at least three years now and I have had no problem.

  159. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Oct 13, 2009)

    I'll agree with all the bad comments about Skype, as soon as somebody shows me an alternative that works 1) as well as Skype 2) has as many people using it as Skype does

  160. 3 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Oct 13, 2009)

    I think skype has improved a lot of the years. The interface has got a LOT better and I think it's better than any other voip software (although OpenWengo was very good it seems to be in development limbo)

    ON the downside, I don't like the way skype credit expires - if I give them money for phone calls, I expect that money to be in account until I use it, rather than have it being "stolen" because I haven't needed to use it that month.

    The other big downside, is 21Mb. 21MB, it's a chat/voip programme, I'm not sure it needs screen sharing and if it does, that should be a pluging/optional extra. I hate the way it changes web pages - and adds it's annoying plugins to my browser.

    considering that most of the time Skype is minimised, effectively doing nothing I object to it using 60mb of my ram. for doing nothing, that's way too much. especially if you're running a computer with 1gb ram (eg netbooks)

    and I absolutely hate applications that "soft Close" you select close or hit the X button but they don't, they just migrate to task tray. - Skype isn't unique in this, but close/quit should be close/quit, unless I specifically tell it otherwise in preferences.

    if they could sort out the bloat, and seriously reduce the idle ram usage I'd use it more, but as it is, I have it installed and try my hardest to use other voip programmes - Google Talk comes to mind - doesn't do landline calls, but does everything else I use skype for, but without the bloat.

  161. 2 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Oct 12, 2009)

    Does what it says but it's way too bloated.

  162. 4 out of 5 stars
    Second Shadow

    Reviewing (Sep 5, 2009)

    Changelog here:

  163. 4 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing Beta (Jun 30, 2009)

    Their website shows that this is release, NOT beta. for build 136.

  164. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing Beta (May 27, 2009)

    Here are the full release notes:
    * feature: Screen sharing
    * feature: Accessibility
    * feature: Skype name highlighting on webpages
    * feature: Free call phone number highlighting on webpages
    * feature: Contacts sending
    * feature: Birthday reminders
    * improvement: Audio and Video engine updated
    * improvement: Ability to import more contacts from more source
    * improvement: Updated Skype for Internet Explorer plugin
    * improvement: Updated Skype for Firefox plugin
    * bugfix: Skype Internet Explorer plugin did not work with Internet Explorer 8 on Windows 7
    * bugfix: New Audio device communicator message appeared on every start-up
    * bugfix: Dialpad did not open when starting a call, but opened when call was connected
    * bugfix: Some menu items in Hebrew and Arabic language showed out as ????
    * bugfix: Skype crashed on shutdown sometimes
    * bugfix: GDI+ error was displayed when running Skype on Windows 7
    * bugfix: Not all audio devices were shown out under audio options
    * bugfix: When copying longer text message from one Instant Message to another then you did not have possibility to edit it's controls
    * bugfix: Skype crashed when dragging and dropping quoted chat messages
    * bugfix: Quick-filtering sometimes highlighted contacts incorrectly
    * bugfix: Profile text was cut off when person has emoticon on their 'about me' text
    * bugfix: A user was unable to edit contacts phone number more than once
    * bugfix: Skype showed that webcam is present, but busy when it was disconnected for some Creative webcams
    * bugfix: It was not possible to remove duplicate entries from audio devices list
    * bugfix: On client upgrade "View technical release notes for this update" link did not work.
    * All language localizations updated: Bulgarian - Nikolina Filipova & Nikolay Filipov, Czech - Petr Silon, Dutch - Kees Koenders, Estonian - Viljar Sepp & Eve Loopere, Greek - Panagiotis Sidiropoulos, French - Fabrice IMPERIAL & Bruno Lépaulard, German - Claudius Henrichs & d*** Schiferli, Hungarian - Mark Bender & Laszlo Koncz & Gabor Stefanik, Italian - Daniele Conte, Latvian - Intars Students, Lithuanian - Viktoras Kriukovas, Norwegian - Stig Auestad, Polish - Karol Szastok, Portuguese-Portugal - Francisco Ferreira, Romanian - Péter Henning and Mónika Iancu, Simplified Chinese - Della Wang (, Traditional Chinese - Carlos Lee (PChome), Turkish - Ömer Emin Dede

  165. 4 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (May 20, 2009)

    Call quality to land lines is worse than ever and the contacts list is clunky. Why don't the developers take a look at Live Messenger? Apart from that this software is great. Good audio and video and fast file transfers.

  166. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Apr 22, 2009)

    by far skype gives you the best quality of sound during conversations

    the only problem is that is a little bloated software

  167. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Apr 22, 2009)

    Great, as usual!

    Full list of changes for is:

    * bugfix: Extras Manager was not installed to some users
    * bugfix: Skype incorrectly advised users of new Audio Devices available
    * bugfix: When adding a new number the phone type was incorrectly labeled
    * bugfix: Re-adding contacts to a existing conversation did not display the contact in the Add contacts drop down menu
    * bugfix: Video did not always scale correctly
    * bugfix: Skype occasionally crashed when uPnP port forwarding failed
    * bugfix: Improved uPnP handling for Linksys WRTG54G owners
    * bugfix: When dialing certain numbers some digits were erased from the beginning and the number became invalid
    * bugfix: Audio device was reset for some users on each Skype start
    * All localizations updated

  168. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Mar 30, 2009)

    The new version is and it has following changes compared to the previous release:
    * Optional install: Google Chrome browser
    * bugfix: Skype menus were blank in Hebrew localisation
    * bugfix: Skype hung when making video calls to clients which do not support video

  169. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Mar 17, 2009)

    Full list of changes from last release,, are in the new release,
    * change: Full text quote will be shown only after sending instant messages
    * bugfix: Informative messages appeared multiple times even when closed
    * bugfix: Disk I/O error message appeared intermittently
    * bugfix: Skype sometimes failed to install when Firefox was set as the default browser in the United States
    * bugfix: Compact view window positioning fixed
    * bugfix: Some USB dual-phones did not detect Skype correctly
    * bugfix: Some full-screen applications minimized automatically when Skype was running with the Skype visual style enabled
    * bugfix: If a user has Compact View enabled, opening a conversation from the tray alert does always open
    * bugfix: 'Ignore' option in the 'Call' menu was greyed out when receiving an incoming call
    * bugfix: Help menu was sometimes displayed incorrectly in Compact View
    * bugfix: Tools menu was not fully visible in compact view on some window sizes
    * bugfix: Echo123 was incorrectly re-added to contacts when opening Getting Started Wizard
    * bugfix: SMS failure reason messages were missing
    * bugfix: Instant messaging entry area showed vertical scroll bar after changing font size
    * bugfix: Add people to group conference call was not disabled when host was using Skype 3.8 for Windows
    * bugfix: Opening a file without file association triggered error message instead of a menu to choose application with which to open it
    * bugfix: Adding contact to a category via right click menu caused contact list display disruption
    * bugfix: Incorrect error message appeared when no entries were found within history search
    * bugfix: Contact list was not always sorted correctly
    * bugfix: Personalize button appeared blank - intermittent
    * bugfix: Unable to take a video snapshot when selecting the option from the drop down menu
    * bugfix: Call dropped when adding a participant to a conference call
    * bugfix: Setting number type was not possible when editing contact phone number
    * bugfix: More button on users video mood message did not work
    * bugfix: Call Quality feedback link "Issues with this call" was not visible - intermittent
    * bugfix: callto:// link did not work with Firefox
    * bugfix: Skype did not start after installing on Vista when computer was running on batteries
    * bugfix: A new message notification was not generated when sending an instant message using the /me command
    * bugfix: Call were not started automatically to a contact who was added to an ongoing call
    * bugfix: Menus flickered when using Skype with Arabic or Hebrew language
    * bugfix: Double click on a contact did not focus the instant message entry box
    * bugfix: Dates were not shown in old conversations
    * bugfix: Disabling contact import feature via registry did not work
    * bugfix: Phone number type was not being saved
    * bugfix: End call sound was played when user joined group call
    * bugfix: Links to domains .rs, .me, .kp, .xn did not work
    * bugfix: Incoming contact request were not shown correctly in compact view
    * bugfix: Closing conversation from menu did not work
    * bugfix: Clicking on Skype links on web pages did not bring the Skype window to foreground
    * bugfix: Adding phone contacts to group conversations was not possible
    * bugfix: Accessibility: Tab order corrected in options
    * All localizations updated

  170. 2 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Mar 16, 2009)

    Must agree with the previous poster: unless you have a very good reason, sit pat with 3.8 until Skype does its inevitable reversal and introduces a "classic" mode into 4.0 which allows it to ape 3.8's look and feel (which begs the question of why 4.0 exists in the first place, but apparently there are some improvements with the audio codec, etc).

    And if you use chat a lot, forget 4.0 entirely. Gone is the helpful chat style where you had ample room to type and history was well laid out and color coded all in one space-saving package.

  171. 2 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Mar 12, 2009)

    If you are using SKype 3.8 or older, dont say i didnt warn you about not getting 4.0 Skype have "new markets" in sight and dont really care about anything else it seems. many functions and features removed. This version is a major backward step if you have been using 3.8. Although i suspect a small amount of (old skype) users who are simple in their needs who dont care much for refined functionality / features that make computer use more efficient, may actually like the it.

    Voice was not an improvement for me.

    II use video rarely. According to Skyp's CEO, thats what Skype are chasing.

    I use voice and chat.

    Functionality and use of space are appallingly lacking in comparison to the previous version. Horrible design, and generally not catering to practical computer savvy users. Just my view. May be different for someone else
    The issue here is not about change per se, but one of degradation to such a poor GUI and user experience. I gave it a chance for a week, and it took a while to discover just how bad it really is.

    Chat is horrible to use. hard to read and distinguish between who wrote what. tires the eyes, hard to use, and extra work. i dont have room to write all of whats missing in chat, and how poor it has become. I will just save you the trouble to say believe me, it is really bad for anything beyond simple short text messages. If you are fast on the keybaord and chat (which i require for the technical work i do), then use something else that is useable. I suspect skype have purposely degraded Chat to such an extreme, so as that they dont have to spend resources in the upgrades. Thats what happens when companies are run by bean counters i guess.

  172. 2 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Feb 5, 2009)

    Where is the MUTE button on this? I got build 206. shoot time to go back to beta.

  173. 2 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Feb 4, 2009)

    I remember when Skype used to be lightweight and work over a 56 kbps line with an outstanding audio quality. Those were the days.

  174. 2 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Feb 4, 2009)

    Has one of the most ulgy and cluttered interface, but works ok for chatting...

  175. 4 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Feb 3, 2009)

    Avoid this particular build, .206. It has a pretty buggy UI. The previous beta worked quite well though. I like Skype and get a lot of use out of it. I am American living for a year in Munich and it's a great way to keep in touch with people back home. They call me on a local number and I get it on Skype or my German mobile phone. With the parents and girlfriend I can talk for free on Skype as much as I want. Good video quality too even over a UMTS data card, surprisingly. I disagree with some of the UI decisions they have made but overall it's a good program and service.

  176. 1 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Feb 3, 2009)

    The ringer that you hear as you are calling someone, is ear splitting and causes everyone a headache, yet you can't change it. You can change most of the sounds, but not the worst one. Skype has gone way down in the past 4 years.

  177. 3 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Feb 3, 2009)

    So much for being the next phenomenon :)
    It's just another chat program that has nothing that really separates it for any other chat program. It badly coded, has a ton of annoyances and is spammer friendly. But each their own.

    As for james and daisy nobody likes spammer scum bags so go away. The little that does with scum but hey worth a try lol

  178. 1 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing Beta (Jan 8, 2009)

    First off I can see that they are sticking with their vision regardless of what the user base wants or desires. Some polish is finally showing up in the application.

    Having said all that, this is still a terrible design. Your choices are one large window or if you go to the "Compact" view you get large pop-up windows. I am not sure how this is compact in any way. Its large and obtrusive on ones desktop.

    In the compact view mode:
    Why would the developers want windows for sending IM or SMS as large as the contact list? Yes you can resize this but that means resizing for each and every person you IM or call through skype. For some people this is going to be very time intensive.

    Why in the world would we want very large icon's? Why is there so much wasted space? Why can't we have a small unobtrusive window. Do the country flags for people need to be so damn large? Do I need a search Directory on the IM window itself? Again you can minimize this, if you can find the button, its hidden. So why be obtrusive when its clear on these forums everyone is against it?

    Final conclusion is that we the end user must spend an enourmous amount of time undoing all these "features" so that Skype is small and unobtrusive.

    I am a paying skype user. I feel this product is moving in the wrong direction. I have stoped recomending this product to friends and family for any purpose.

  179. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing Beta (Jan 8, 2009)

    getting better from release to release!

  180. 4 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing Beta (Dec 11, 2008)

    check you have incorrect version number
    correct is

  181. 1 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing Beta (Oct 31, 2008)


    As pointed out before, pop-up windows for the visually impaired. This is a horrible design to say the least. The pop-up windows for Dialing, Shopping and Directory are over 2 times the size of the small Skype window. If you keep your Skype to the right of your screen like me these cover your main Skype window. Again horrible implementation, who in their right mind wants these overly large windows on top of their main window, who in their right mind wants the windows to begin with? I am not blind nor do I want my desktop covered with these pop-ups interfering with the other work I have going on.

    Each of these pop ups are an individual window which if you click through them requires the user to close each window individually. If you make a call, it leaves this giant window open on your desktop (So I am not sure how these other folks can give it a 5 and say the small windows are back.). If you close the window there is no apparent way to kill the call on the main Skype window you must right click to end the call on the contact.

    In essence the compact view is where they have removed the large screen to the right of the main window, nothing else has changed, the overly large window has been replaced with pop-ups appearing in the same place (I run in 1680 x 1050).

    The old design where these were in tabs is a much smarter and more enjoyable experience. Because it allows the user to have some control over the Skype windows size.

    The icons for online users and users in your contact list are too close in color and design, it’s all a wash in the contact list.

    Minus the folks who don't seem to understand a thing about user interfaces, everyone seems to be in agreement that this implementation is a poor design and the majority of folks are very unhappy with changes. For what ever reason Skype has not really stopped to take a hard look at what their users are saying and make changes accordingly.

    This is still a piss poor effort and an even worse response to the myriad of complaints about version 4.

  182. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing Beta (Oct 31, 2008)

    Now, when you can choose windows style it is ok!

  183. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing Beta (Oct 30, 2008)

    Window size is back to normal if you choose so.

  184. 1 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing Beta (Oct 15, 2008)

    Boooo! hissssss!
    Hey if I want my whole screen to be a skype window then yeah I guess this would be ok.
    BUT IT SUCKS - the interface is so poor I reverted back to the older version. If skype releases this thing as is I sure as hell won't be using it.

  185. 1 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing Beta (Oct 15, 2008)

    @ maxxpilot asks "Is anyone at skype listening to the complaints? Anyone? Hello"

    the answer is yes, but then their doing the exact opposite !!!

  186. 1 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing Beta (Oct 15, 2008)

    Awful Awful Awful Awful

    Yikes. What a mess.

    We are not blind, please for the love of god get rid of the oversized pop ups. I for one do not want my screen overrun with Skype windows that have buttons for the visually impaired.

    I like a small discreet program that has functionality not this abomination.

    Is anyone at skype listening to the complaints? Anyone? Hello

  187. 1 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing Beta (Oct 15, 2008) Beta was one step forward, Beta is several steps backward, stay with the previous release this one is another insult.

  188. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing Beta (Oct 15, 2008)

    VictorAnderson: You can use the old view in this beta. They introduced this a beta or two ago, moron.


    * change: Extras Manager updated to version
    * bugfix: "List index out of bounds" error was displayed on call phones dialogue when pressing enter without entering anything
    * bugfix: At times, video privacy message was not shown
    * bugfix: Call privacy options for Online Numbers were sometimes lost
    * bugfix: Profile pictures management did not work
    * bugfix: Take Video snapshot button was active even if there were no webcam present
    * bugfix: It was impossible to remove second USB device from audio devices list
    * bugfix: "Add contact" button was enabled even if nothing was entered into search box
    * bugfix: Opening Skype from system tray did not turn off silent mode
    * bugfix: French localization to Megabyte was incorrect
    * bugfix: Call Phones tab default focus was not on phone number field
    * bugfix: Voicemail was shown as MT67 in inbox
    * bugfix: After being added to Group IM some messages were not shown instantly
    * bugfix: SMS sent to user by other Skype contact was shown as MT64
    * bugfix: Menu Skype > Close did not work
    * bugfix: Choosing an IM emoticon window did not close when closing the main window
    * bugfix: Pressing "Esc" did not cancel editing conversation topic
    * bugfix: Skype did not stick to screen corners
    * bugfix: Logout did not work correctly
    * bugfix: "Show in folder" button did not work
    * bugfix: SkypeOut call to number not in contact list did not take focus correctly
    * bugfix: Getting Started Wizard had outdated screen shot
    * bugfix: Video was automatically received even if "Automatically receive video from" option was set to "no one".

  189. 4 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing Beta (Oct 2, 2008)

    What I'm doing wrong? DL from skype and from betanews, but there is installing version 161, not 166... No compact view was in 161 yet.

  190. 4 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing Beta (Oct 2, 2008)

    About time they instigated the changes users have asked for! Nice to have my contacts groups back, and smaller window :-)

  191. 4 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing Beta (Oct 2, 2008)

    almost a MONTH since I bought credit and still can't use it because my order it's still pending, HOW COME!!??

    I just topped up my account and it was instant and am glad they have gone back to the compact interface!!!

  192. 4 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing Beta (Oct 1, 2008)

    being one of the many to complain about the new interface I think it only fair to thank the skype team for listening to the punters and going back to the compact view mode.

  193. 4 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing Beta (Oct 1, 2008) got a compact view mode like old one

  194. 1 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing Beta (Oct 1, 2008)

    darn Skype, has been almost a MONTH since I bought credit and still can't use it because my order it's still pending, HOW COME!!??

    I'm hightly dissapointed with this company, no one answers from the support team.

    Skype should be ashamed.

  195. 1 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing Beta (Oct 1, 2008)

    the layout of 4.0 beta looks terrible

  196. 1 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing Beta (Oct 1, 2008)

    I use Skype for business, it works but the service from Skype is hideous, absolutley the worst I have ever seen.

  197. 3 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing Beta (Aug 14, 2008)

    This beta version is very ugly and weird. I hope this is taken care of prior to the final because I really like skype.

  198. 2 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing Beta (Aug 14, 2008)

    4.0 beta looks awfully

  199. 1 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing Beta (Aug 14, 2008)

    I have dropped skype totally now, I can see where they are going with it and it reminds me of the old Real Player application more than anything. Sad demise of what could have been a great product.

  200. 4 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing Beta (Jul 31, 2008)

    Stil working great, unfortunatelly I have to agree with the other reviews: the new interface is totaly ... unispired.

    Some of the functionality is also lost because of that like: searching for missing calls, instant messaging, etc

    @ nms04: I really hope you're right and they will allow us to use the previous interface as well.

  201. 1 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing Beta (Jul 31, 2008)

    Screenshot from old 3.x versions.
    4.0 beta looks awfully

  202. 3 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing Beta (Jul 31, 2008)

    for a beta it works great! but the new interface realy sucks!
    but don't worry, the final (or maybe beta 2) will get a compact mode as well, so we don't have to use the new full screen layout :D

  203. 1 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing Beta (Jul 30, 2008)

    Worst inteface of any chat or voip program I've ever used. I don't need something that fills 1/2 my screen to chat with! YUK!

  204. 1 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing Beta (Jul 30, 2008)

    the new interface is an insult to users but that in itself is not enough to consider changing to some other program for some people ............. but this should be, it appears Skypes security isn't cracked up to what it's supposed to be.

  205. 2 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing Beta (Jul 30, 2008)

    The Skype developers are headed in the wrong direction with their new interface and "feature" set. I've used Skype for six years and have never been so disappointed with a beta or interface. Keyboard support is broken, the main window won't size properly, and the chat window is too busy and clunky. As a side benefit, calls seem to drop more often, and voice quality is choppy. I'm uninstalling it, and they'll have to work to convince me that they understand what users want from a new Skype. This isn't the program I know and love anymore.

  206. 1 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing Beta (Jul 30, 2008)

    it's interesting to go to the Skype forums and see the amount of posts by people posting there for the first time to complain about the new interface. There's no need to complain as these days there are a number of alternatives, just do a google search for skype alternatives. Don't just sit around and cry about it all, do something about it and move to a new program, it's not that hard really.
    Oh, and tell all your friends to change as well, and their friends ... ad infinitum.

  207. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing Beta (Jul 30, 2008)

    The new interface is very user friendly and I have read that Skype will be providing both interfaces in the final version. This -is- a beta.

  208. 1 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing Beta (Jul 30, 2008)

    Ok thats it for me, I'm done with skype if there is the direction they are headed. Say hello to

  209. 1 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing Beta (Jul 30, 2008)

    I agree with the others. Absolutely terrible interface. No way to size it down below about 800 pixels wide leaving a huuuge area of useless white space when nothing is selected. Difficult to use and very annoying when you are used to the efficient 3.x interface. Just terrible.

  210. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing Beta (Jul 30, 2008)

    Keep up the great work the new UI!

  211. 1 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing Beta (Jul 30, 2008)

    Sorry, but this version is a piece of junk. (if possible i would rate it with -5)!

  212. 1 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing Beta (Jul 13, 2008)

    Possibly the worst and/or ugliest software interface out there now, certainly the worst of all VOiP clients. Were the people at Skype on drugs when they thought to develop and release this pile of manure?

    I'm going back to a version which doesn't assault my every sensibility. In fact, merely this new interface will have me rethink paying for Skype at all. This is definitely an early sign of a firm destined not to consider its users' opinions.

  213. 1 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing Beta (Jul 10, 2008)

    I completely agree wz VictorAnderson, Daddy_Spank, stisev and Dreimanis: Plz Skype staff revert the 4.x interface to the 3.x one.
    The present one is something "undefined", complicated, not user-friendly.
    I usually prefere the last released software even if just an Alpha release, but after installing and using for some weeks the new Skype (on Vista) I reverted to the last official release: is surely better.
    I also won't update Skype until any new n future releases have the 3.x interface, intuitive, inmediate, easy of use, user-friendly. Come on Skype!! I love you but this has to be turned around!!!

  214. 1 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing Beta (Jul 10, 2008)

    Interface in 4.0 is awful. I like the 3.x one better.
    I notice someone here mentioned ooVoo. I've used it since its conception - if you haven't tried it yet I suggest you do.
    In the meantime, if you have skype 3.x, I'd stick with it. I installed this 4.0 and tried it for a few days - the giant bulky interface concept they've gone with in place of the nice tight, messenger style window is a mistake if you ask me.
    I will say this however - the code behind the beta is pretty solid - only had it crash on me once and I was really screwing around testing it hard to get it to do so.

  215. 1 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing Beta (Jul 10, 2008)

    Why on earth would they turn something thats completely useful and proved to be working great for the past 5 years, into this rubbish. I REALLY hope they revert back to original layout and start focusing on real issues such as CPU useage, RAM useage and call/video quality etc etc... Come on Skype!! I love you but this has to be turned around!!!

  216. 1 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing Beta (Jul 10, 2008)


    or stay with 3.x until they revert the interface

  217. 1 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing Beta (Jul 9, 2008)

    turned into a monster with version 4.

  218. 3 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing Beta (Jul 9, 2008)

    I think the skype project has been nothing but downhill since they sold to eBay.

    The GUI sucks...

    Oovoo is really starting to steal Skype's fire.

  219. 3 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing Beta (Jul 9, 2008)

    For those not comfortable with Skype's GUI, and I'm one of them, why not try ooVoo ( It is very attractive and it allows three-way video link-ups (or up to six in the paid for version)

  220. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing Beta (Jul 9, 2008)

    I see advantages to both interfaces, so I'm looking forward to the release that permits both. I love WinAMP's flexibility, and love that Skype is looking into new interfaces to appeal to all types of users.

  221. 4 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing Beta (Jul 9, 2008)

    read the skype blog @ .... they r going to add an option to switch between the new and the old gui ... so don't worry ... u don't have to use this beta if you don't want to ...

    ah and the new gui realy sucks :D

  222. 2 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing Beta (Jul 9, 2008)

    the new UI - catastrophe

  223. 1 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing Beta (Jul 9, 2008)

    Hate this new GUI

  224. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing Beta (Jul 9, 2008)

    Videocalls work better and I like the localization of contacts, displaying country's flag and local time

  225. 2 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing Beta (Jul 9, 2008)

    "If it ain't broke don't fix it". Quit screwing around with the interface. Skype, you are turning this program into total garbage.

  226. 3 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing Beta (Jul 9, 2008)

    really bad UI.

  227. 2 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing Beta (Jul 1, 2008)

    the new UI looks like it was designed by 12 year olds for 10 year olds. Back to version 3 for me and just about everybody else on my contact list, bad move designers.
    I mean really, here we have an opportunity to fix the RAM problems, improve video and audio, and what do we do put out a UI that nobody wants or likes.

  228. 2 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing Beta (Jun 26, 2008)

    I REALLY do not like the new interface as well and I hope that Skype listens to all the complains about it. Improve memory useage, call and video quality, make it possible to send folders... etc etc before messing around with the skype layout that people has gotten used to.

  229. 4 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing Beta (Jun 24, 2008)

    Its working fine for what i use it for (only few video calls to friend from time to time).

    I like the new UI and the guided install mode is working well.

    The only problem with it's RAM eating !!
    48Mo when idle after launch. And near 100Mo after choosing a video in the mood panel !!(metacafe video)
    Also some minor english only (untranslated) menus.

    Hope the ram point will be taken care of in the next releases

  230. 1 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing Beta (Jun 22, 2008)

    WTF is up with the new interface.

    WTF were the devs thinking? I'm boycotting this release until 3.x interface is brought back

  231. 4 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing Beta (Jun 19, 2008)

    i like the new UI as a beta version even though there are a couple stuff missing like voice mail, and history of calls, missing calls. i hope they fix these stuff as soon as possible. in general this is a great piece of software that that does a great work when it comes to comunication.
    great job guys...

  232. 1 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing Beta (Jun 19, 2008)

    FUGLY! That resumes what they've done with Skype. I know it's beta but I hope the developers change the way the contact list + message window works. You should be able to resize the thing once you've detached the message window.

  233. 1 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing Beta (Jun 18, 2008)

    The new UI is terrible.

  234. 1 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing Beta (Jun 18, 2008)

    OH GOD! Totally terrible, I will seize using Skype the minute this interface becomes mandatory.

  235. 1 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing Beta (Jun 18, 2008)

    keeps getting progressively worse and worse

    i want 1.0 back

  236. 1 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing Beta (Jun 18, 2008)

    Really horrid.

    I don't like the way it won't let you resize to a size that one would like.

    I don't like the way they have removed the contacts grouping. All contacts are now in one list only.

    Developer feed back page is located here:

  237. 1 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing Beta (Jun 18, 2008)

    really ugly interface

  238. 1 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing Beta (Jun 18, 2008)

    New interface simply sucks. I mean, everything works and all, but I just hate this new and HUGE gui, which I can't even resize!!! :/// What do I do on my 1024*768 notebook?


  239. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing Beta (Jun 18, 2008)

    love the new interface

  240. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing Beta (Jun 18, 2008)

    There is no excues for not being able to see this!

  241. 4 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing Beta (Jun 18, 2008)

    new wicked ui.
    Here are some official information about changes for 4.0 beta 1

  242. 4 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Jun 4, 2008)

    Didn't work on my Win Server 08 install...

  243. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Jun 4, 2008)

    Finally, this version works with Win 2008 server!

  244. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Jun 4, 2008)

    Whatever people say, it usually works pretty nice. Besides, are there any real alternatives out there?

  245. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Apr 30, 2008)

    Great. Works for me

  246. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing Beta (Apr 3, 2008)

    Excellent, but calling mobiles is expensive. I use a Plantronics DL500 Headset and Mic, quality is amamzing. Plantronics are not cheap, but the differance is huge

  247. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing Beta (Apr 2, 2008)

    Why do you people keep having to bring up that skype is Overbloated?

    Its getting old! :(

    Skype rules!

  248. 4 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing Beta (Apr 2, 2008)

    Overbloated, but the only accetable app, that do the job well.

    New in this version

    Focus on sound quality

    Significantly reduced background noise, less delay, fewer call drops and cut-outs.

    Change devices easily

    Change your headset, headphones or microphone without having to touch your settings.

  249. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Feb 6, 2008)

    21550 kb. Why so big?

    Still the ubiquitous name in desktop voip though, so 5/5.

  250. 4 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Feb 6, 2008)

    Doesn't seem to update...still says
    Using "Check Update" in Skype says Update Available but after install still says v.244 and Update still available...

  251. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Feb 5, 2008)

    Love Skype. Change log here:

    Looks like one security bug fixed in this release.

  252. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Feb 5, 2008)

    Says for me. Works ok. Not sure of the changes mind you..

  253. 1 out of 5 stars
    Cellar Dweller

    Reviewing (Feb 5, 2008)

    This is not - this is

  254. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Feb 5, 2008)

    Adrian79: That won't be in the news man. And I really don't think this can be a reson to rate Skype 1, since it's ALWAYS been like this.

  255. 1 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Feb 5, 2008)

    free only to call pc users.

  256. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing Beta (Oct 12, 2007)

    The bomb. period.

  257. 1 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing Beta (Oct 11, 2007)

    Had begun to really love Skype, but then came The Great Skype Outage of 2007. Since then, I and a few of my friends have noticed that Skype now sometimes loses written chat messages, or if you'll lucky they'll just show up 2-3 days late.

    Skype tech support states this client version should resolve that, but it's the third time they've said it after three new releases now. I'm beginning to get the feeling of incompetence becoming the norm at Skype.

    In fact, just downloaded Windows Messenger for the first time in years. I need something which works and I can trust. Skype apparently no longer fits those simple requirements.

  258. 4 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing Beta (Oct 11, 2007)

    Good software. Does what it promises and is quite attractive too.

    Only gripe is that its beginning to bloat a bit.

  259. 3 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing Beta (Oct 10, 2007)

    Skype itself works pretty good, but Skype Live is a pain. If there is there anyway to remove this feature completely I'd like to know. I don't think I'll ever want to talk to perverts in Eastern Europe , nor do I want them or anyone else annoying me about anything in the middle of a call.

  260. 4 out of 5 stars
    Joseph A

    Reviewing Beta (Oct 10, 2007)

    Changes for Version Beta

    - known issue: Skype may crash if user starts and resumes video many times in short time frame

    - feature: High Quality Video calls
    - feature: User notification if he has old Logitech driver version
    - feature API: Check and set Skype window status
    - feature API: Notification for opening and closing Skype CHAT windows
    - feature API: Notification for changing state of the Skype main window (minimized, maximized, normal, hidden)
    - change: Extras Manager updated to version
    - Numerous bug fixes
    - Updated language files

  261. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Sep 20, 2007)

    best program

  262. 3 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Sep 19, 2007)

    Skype may (or may not) be a good tool for voice.
    Their security sucks rocks though.

    I had gift certificates stolen and there are many on their forums who had the same happen on the same day.
    Many others had their accounts taken over and their credit cards used.

    I have sent two tickets to "Security at Skype" and have not heard a thing in weeks.

    Use it for free, cool. Let them be in charge of your credit card? Don't be foolish!

  263. 4 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Sep 19, 2007)

    Changes in this release:
    * bugfix: Links with invalid % encodings were executed
    * bugfix: Data execution protection may have crashed Skype
    * bugfix: Pressing escape did not end call
    * Security improvements to ensure it is no longer possible to shut down Skype from a web page

  264. 4 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Sep 11, 2007)

    Changes in this release:
    * known issue: Video preview may not display on computers with Windows 2000. Video calls will work though.
    * bugfix: Web URI Skype?chat did not work
    * bugfix: Upgrade dialogue did not open on Skype restart
    * bugfix: Skype freeze on rare cases on start-up
    * bugfix: Skype may have crashed when making a call for small number of users

  265. 3 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Aug 17, 2007)

    Nope, It's too much like an instant messenger. Have to have the computer on. I like my Vonage better & no need to have the computer even turned on to use it. Plus I get FREE calling to international numbers. I'd rather pay for a service & have it work. Nothing to download and upgrade ever.

    I'm sorry, but I give this a 3 just because some folks (but not me) might get some use from it.

  266. 4 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Aug 17, 2007)

    it's not perfect, i'd rather use gizmo, but skype just works for me, every few months me and my gf download the latest gizmo, try it out, can't hear each other, fiddle about with it, still can't hear each other, give up and go back to skype.

  267. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Aug 8, 2007)

    Skype has evolved into a superb landline replacement. (Ditched my BellSouth landline two years ago and haven't looked back. Absolutely no regrets.)

    As for bloat, most new features are actually quite useful. And in fact, some previous features which were indeed of questionable value have vanished.

  268. 4 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing Beta (Jul 19, 2007)

    Ok, i'd have already use all of the new versions available, and to be honest, i'd seen better. Still, i have to admit the program it's a very good one (though i'd like to say that when it comes to the cheapest one, i'd rather recommend Gizmo)...!!! But if you wanna have a great deal of features and combine application, Skype is my choice...!

  269. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing Beta (Jul 16, 2007)

    The Skype has the lesser tariffs and the best quality, I recommend.

  270. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing Beta (Jul 4, 2007)

    Skype keeps getting better and better!

    And now with my new plantronics USB 550 headset it really rocks!

  271. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing Beta (Jun 14, 2007)

    Excelente software, i honestly recommend.
    I also have found VOIP tools at
    Long live BetaNews Fan #1

  272. 4 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing Beta (Jun 13, 2007)

    Getting a bit bloated, but it still works for me. I like that the transmissions are encrypted. The change log shows some useful new features:

    13.06.2007, version

    *feature: Auto redial
    *feature: Call Transfer
    *feature: Device Indicators
    *feature: Edit chat messages
    *feature: Message history loading granulated
    *feature: Private Telephone Numbers
    *feature: Send contacts inside chat
    *feature: Visual indicators for Audio In / Audio Out in options
    *feature: Show examples of notifications / alerts in options
    *feature: Added Latvian localization - Intars Students
    *feature: In-Client Hardware store button
    *change: Extras Manager updated to version
    *change: Options categories smoothly slide open and close when changed
    *Updated language files: Arabic (Eriksen Translations Inc.), Bulgarian (Nikolina Filipova & Nikolay Filipov), Czech (Petr Silon), Danish (Eriksen Translations Inc), German (Claudius Henrichs & d*** Schiferli), Estonian (Eve Loopere), Greek (Panagiotis Sidiropoulos ),French (Fabrice IMPERIAL & Bruno Lépaulard), Italian (Daniele Conte), Japanese (Mayu Shimizu), Hungarian (Mark Bender & Laszlo Koncz & Gabor Stefanik),Latvian (Intars Students), Lithuanian (Viktoras Kriukovas), Norwegian (Stig Auestad), Dutch (Kees Koenders), Polish (Karol Szastok), Portuguese-Portugal (Francisco Ferreira, Portuguese-Brazil (Leslie Predrotti), Finnish (Heino Keränen), Swedish (Anders Olsson), Russian (Eriksen Translations Inc), Romanian (Péter Henning and Mónika Iancu), Turkish (Ömer Emin Dede)

  273. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing Beta (Jun 13, 2007)

    Skype just keeps getting better and better!

  274. 1 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing Beta (Jun 13, 2007)

    Used to be a good program, then it started phoning home. I think they may have corrected that issue due to user pressure. Now it is total bloatware, there are much better ways to go.

  275. 3 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Jun 4, 2007)

    The moment it was acquired by eBay it was over :) now all developement is focused on account/money handling part of the application. Voice and Video - primary stuff for this app are being neglected,but it seams no one cares anyway.

  276. 3 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Jun 1, 2007)

    Everybody should try it or know it.
    But i think it is bloated with futures that i never use. Too many non interesting future for me. Bloatted and heavy compared to the firsts versions i tryed...

  277. 1 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Jun 1, 2007)

    Losing it's appeal as it bloats, no longer my first choice because of this only gave it a 1, wake up guys and get the pruning shears out!

  278. 4 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (May 31, 2007)

    Wow, this Frankenstein is heading straight toward Nero-bloat territory. Works, but stop already.

  279. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (May 16, 2007)

    Skype pwns.

  280. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (May 9, 2007)

    helpful tips when using skype:
    (1) leave skype off when your not using it, its p2p so it uses your connection to transfer other peoples data, (video conferencing etc.)
    (2) dont run this while playing games, it uses alot of resources and makes a noticeable difference when you turn it on or off, while playing games and talking to someone. (i run skype on a seperate machine just for this reason.)
    (3) close the live tab, its uses alot of resources.
    (4) always get the latest version.

    do these four things and skype works well. cya.

  281. 4 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (May 9, 2007)

    I rate it 4/5, however, the overall rate of the program ought to be 1/5. Skype is a classic example of bloatware.

    So why I rate it so high? Well, Skype 3.2 introduces a brand new voice codec known as SVOPC. It is proprietary solution but it beats everything what I have tested to date. I do not know what the Estonia development team did, but it can be called pure magic.

  282. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (May 9, 2007)

    Well, horsecharles, I'm NOT getting any problems. Yeah, on Vista too btw.

    Skype is a bit bloated these days, but overall its good.

  283. 1 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing Beta (Apr 25, 2007)

    EDITS(this is all on Vista btw):

    1. Don't like how install options are layed out / very easy to miss(Lower left corner).

    2. Safe mode install generated its own error code: 1601, and over-install of previous version also failed.

    3. Success at last!!! Manually uninstall first, then current release wil install properly (uninstall shortcut may be missing, go into Control Panel to remove program in such case).


    I'm getting an additional error code during failed install(besides original 1603 with previous build)-- 2739...both now, on Vista.

    And no, running setup in admin mode doesn't do the trick(usually does with most failed installs btw).

  284. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing Beta (Apr 25, 2007)

    Works well. Nice new menu/options in this version.

  285. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing Beta (Apr 15, 2007)

    Like it because it has good soundquality and getter better and better. Some versions has irritating bugs, most of them are there to be found in the videoconfiguration, do not degrade skypesupport says, we will solve the bug(and they do). I hope its getting not too heavy with all new features. Use it with at least 1GB memory in your motherboard!

  286. 4 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing Beta (Apr 13, 2007)

    Installs and working fine for me...XP x64

  287. 1 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing Beta (Apr 12, 2007)

    install error. don't like it.

  288. 3 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing Beta (Apr 11, 2007)

    Install error 1603(vista).

  289. 4 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing Beta (Apr 4, 2007)

    Today we have released Skype for Windows 3.2 beta version.

    It has following new features:

    * feature: Send Money
    * feature: Skype's own audio codec
    * feature: Skype improved conference mixer
    * feature: Skype Jitter Buffer and concealment
    * feature: Skype audio preprocessing components
    * feature: Account in Client
    * feature: Import Contacts from MSN Hotmail, Yahoo! and GMail added
    * feature: Multi-Device presence
    * feature: Myself Capture
    * feature: Call Quality feedback in client
    * feature: Voice Mail playback pauses Winamp

    You can read more about new features on our main blog and full release notes on Skype garage blog.

    You are more than welcomed to leave us feedback on this new version and features.

    You can do it on Skype for Windows 3.2 Beta forum or submit issues on Jira . Visit our Skype for Windows development page for more info.

    Your feedback is invaluable for us.

  290. 4 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing Beta (Apr 4, 2007)

    Injury to insult: AIM6 takes about half the memory of Skype.

  291. 2 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing Beta (Apr 4, 2007)

    I agree completly with c4p0ne. Improve quality before quantity guys.

  292. 2 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing Beta (Apr 4, 2007)

    This thing is getting out of f*cking control like a massive spacecraft hurling toward Jupiter that's lost 2 of its aft thrusters! WTF!? Skype guys get on the ball baby or we'll crush your asses like we did ICQ. Then where's your profit gonna come from?

    Don't go the route of ICQ I *beg* you!!!! Cut down on the resource WH0RING and interface which is starting to look like a damn SUMO wrestler... Or worse yet, like yahoo or MSN with all that default GARBAGE that about .6% of their members use!

    oh noes!!!1

  293. 2 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing Beta (Apr 1, 2007)

    ... more and more features; maybe it's better to improve the quality!?!

  294. 3 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Mar 24, 2007)

    too much memory used and we can't send file and speek in a same time

  295. 3 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Mar 22, 2007)

    eating too much resources. especially the skypepm.exe which using too much memory.
    skype need to improve this area

  296. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Mar 21, 2007)

    stisev - get a grip

  297. 3 out of 5 stars
    Paul Skinner

    Reviewing (Mar 21, 2007)

    Hmm. It's still quite good, but does it really need to be 20MB?

  298. 1 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Mar 17, 2007)

    I've been a long time Skype user, but given their recent history extracting bios information (mobo #) and creating hardware hashes, I am not running this software any longer.

    Pretty sad, actually.

  299. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Mar 14, 2007)

    Works well for me. Fast at load and good call quality.
    No problems running it on Vista.
    I have manually uninstalled the plug-ins (personal choice) as I have no use for them.

  300. 1 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Mar 14, 2007)

    Agreed. Skype is all washed up. I have switched to SIP telephony. It's still a bit like email in the early 90s with walled gardens here and there however. Check out for a way of pulling several services together nicely. Get a number from and a copy of X-Lite for a software phone and FORGET SKYPE! Or rather... forget about giving Skype any money!

  301. 1 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing Beta (Mar 8, 2007)

    Well. I tried to subscribed to their 50% deal in January. Then I get an email rejection saying my credit card was a fraud???? and I need to contact their customer service to release this on my account . So far I've unable to contact customer service. I've tried calling and email.... no respond by them. My theory is, I guess they don't want my business.

  302. 2 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing Beta (Mar 7, 2007)

    I haven't really used Skype for the last 6 months or so. Not just because they go around collecting hardware info but their voice quality became really poor.

    If a replacement is needed for skype, Project Gizmo's the one. Gizmo kicks Skype's @SS around the block. Gizmo isn't bloated, it doesn't have spyware and it just works. (5 stars for Gizmo)

  303. 1 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing Beta (Mar 7, 2007)

    Skype is dying, they should tell people when they sneak around and steal hardware information.

  304. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing Beta (Feb 21, 2007)

    If it's so dead for you what else do you use??
    I think the call quality is still great, lot better than any landline or mobile I've ever used, video could be better but what the heck. (lots of overseas calls).

  305. 2 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing Beta (Feb 21, 2007)

    skype has really lost its attraction since they changed their pricing.
    i just use it for videocalls over the net but skype out is dead for me.
    nuff said

  306. 4 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Feb 15, 2007)

    The reading of BIOS information was introduced with the inclusion of the extras manager in version 3, has however been a non-issue since version


    "The Extras Manager, which can be reached under Actions –> Extras –> Manage extras, was introduced in Skype–3 for Windows. It offers access to a number of partly non-free add-ons, for collaboration, data transfer, and games between callers. Since the EasyBits component produced errors on the 64-bit Windows, Sauer says the new version of Skype has been modified so it _no longer_ reads out BIOS data."

    More here:

    "Feb.04.2007 - SkypePM build
    CHANGE - Added support for custom URI parameters for all types of plugins
    CHANGE - URI parameters preserve letter case (earlier were changed to lowercase)
    CHANGE - Added DRM client recovery from old version's BIOS bug
    CHANGE - Web Order protocol changed to Version 3 - to prevent orders from clients that need update"

  307. 1 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Feb 15, 2007)

    jk-: I havent installed skype since i read that article.

  308. 1 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Feb 15, 2007)

    This program is secretly reading your BIOS info and reporting it back to "headquarters". Stay FAR away.

  309. 1 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Feb 14, 2007)

    I read the articles too and that stopped me from upgrading anymore.
    BTW, did you notice that those comments were removed from this log?? :O

  310. 3 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Feb 14, 2007)

    I used Skype until I read the articles on Skype versions 3.xx phoning home with user hardware info (from BIOS). The articles were pretty good, users of XP64 automaticaly blocked the info send. Anybody else have info on this?

    Anyway I switched to Messenger Live and that works pretty good for me. I think maybe even better than Skype in some ways.

  311. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Feb 14, 2007)

    Yes, great, cool but 19,320 KB !!!

    Other messengers and netphones are lot less !

  312. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Feb 7, 2007)

    Skype is the best plain and simple!

  313. 4 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Feb 4, 2007)

    Skype is great. but still need some improvements.
    - Better if Skype add Live connections monitoring, so we know when the connections goes bad, and maybe our voice will be bad.
    - Better Text messaging please. sometimes we still need to use text messaging, when we want to tell address or something which better to write instead of speak it.

    - More skype In country please.
    - Better if skype offering skype code to be implemented in the hardware, so it will become better and easier to use.
    - Add Phone with using the UTP Connections, instead of mostly using the USB connections.
    and others

  314. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Jan 24, 2007)

    Using this nonstop these days. $15 unlimited calling in Can. and the US. You can't go wrong. Take the time to configure your router correctly for the best sound quality. I also use the Pocket PC version which is sweet. Why give your money to the big phone companies. Skype, correctly configured, blows any other options away! :)

  315. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Jan 24, 2007)

    You forgot the changelog:

    24.01.2007 version


    bugfix: Cannot send SMS from contact menu in Chat window

    bugfix: Updated Internet Explorer and Firefox plugins

    bugfix: ActiveX objects cannot be created in eBay tab

    bugfix: SkypeCheck did not work on clean 3.0 install

    more info here:

  316. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Jan 24, 2007)

    A bit bloated, but still a leader in its field.

  317. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Jan 17, 2007)

    The $15 for 1 year deal is not bad I got in on it and I think its worth it. My cingular 8525 phone supports calling from Skype so I don't have to use my minutes in 3g area.

  318. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Jan 17, 2007)

    Thank you very much santuccie!!!

    Giving this a 5 due to obvious extensive effort and as well success in fixing considerable number of bugs AND very importantly: inexpensive offering(to repeat ad nauseam; we need to be able to use 1/2 - 1/4 rating increments!!!).

    Although i do share zridling's recent concerns... maybe that's the price to pay for a work in progress AND the added extras(whether they're necessary or not is debatable / up to individual opinion...only time, competition, eventual consumer acceptance will be the final arbiter...)... maybe Lite/Basic/Original alongside a Pro version is the answer...

  319. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Jan 17, 2007)

    Well, the UI is a bit HUGE, if you ask me, but other than that, nice app.

  320. 4 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Dec 27, 2006)

    This response is for horsecharles. There exists a little package that allows you to run Skype from your flashdrive. I've been using it for several months now.

    Note: This was created by a third party, not by the makers of Skype. It is distributed without the application itself to avoid EULA violation.

    You must install it to a local drive, copy the .exe to the portable folder, then uninstall. You now have a fully portable copy of Skype!

    Click the following link, then click on " - Mirror #2" to download the package:

    I give this a 4, because you can avoid the annual PC-Phone/Phone-PC fees by combining AIM Phoneline and AdCalls. Otherwise, a long-lived success.

  321. 3 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Dec 21, 2006)

    Love Skype, but hate what they've done with the UI. Even though you set tabs to retain their text, it shrinks to an unrecognizable icon. Also, this thing is bloating out of control fast. Soon, let's hope someone builds a lean, mean alternative that goes back to what Skype used to be. I bought the $15 xmas offer for '07, but I guess $30/year is still great, considering the taxes the repubs slam you with on your cell.

  322. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Dec 20, 2006)

    Still great.
    Change log:
    20.12.2006 version

    *change: API: re-allowed app2app incoming connections from non-authorized buddies

    *bugfix: e-mail validation pattern did not allow numbers before @ sign

    *bugfix: Skype crashed on SMS number verification

    *bugfix: Skype may crash on rare cases after ending video call

    *bugfix: API: setting call forwarding did not work

  323. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Dec 20, 2006)

    Then just use an older version :)


  324. 1 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Dec 20, 2006)

    I really don't like it. the interface is too.. "white", the space is cluttered, everything feels sluggish, when i'm sending file, after completion, the window does not close automatically, added 10 mb of unneeded bloat. god, i just hate this version.

    note : it's ok if you like it, it's just my taste, so don't rape me ;)

  325. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Dec 15, 2006)

    ZR is right....have you been shacking up in some cave with Osama that you don't know that yet L?

    Although if you sign up by Jan31 the price is cut in half.

    I think it's a great deal...purchase a real number for $36 yearly and you're all set for an entire year of unlimited in/out NA calls(plus 1 hour international) for $50.

    The future is this on a usb stick and/or combo cell-wifi phone...add a cell to pots adapter...rig the settings and/or combine with asterisk while on the lowest-priced cell plan and you will have unlimited in/out minutes both at home and on the road for a very low price.

  326. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Dec 15, 2006)

    Zridling/horsecharles - sorry! Been visiting the Skype news site regulary and haven't seen any notice of change in pricing. Have you got a link?

    For those of you who (with right!) are dissatisfied with the present version bundling with Google, you can circumvent this by just installing the business version.


  327. 1 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Dec 13, 2006)

    Well, it was a good ride while it lasted. I figured this would become a nasty piece of adware, but instead they're going to hit you for $30/year for phone calls starting 01 JAN 07. Dang.

  328. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Dec 13, 2006)

    I like the latest version. As always would be nice if they could cut down on the memory foot print. It isn't taking insane ammounts though. Still takes less than IE7 or SAV.

  329. 1 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Dec 13, 2006)

    Skype step by step is becoming definition of bloatware, recently I removed it from autostart because it takes too much resources. Polish "Tlen" has the same features, yet it takes only 1.5mb.

  330. 1 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Dec 13, 2006)

    essential features?
    do u make a difference between essential features and useless s*** which creates excessive bloat..
    skypePM.exe - using 20 megs of memory.. for nothing.. skype - using 30 megs when idling.. using even more memory and CPU time when talking.. sry man, but that's bloat!

  331. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Dec 13, 2006)

    You know.. people will go to great lengths to whine and be babies about anything. Bloatware doesn't even exist, and who cares about it? Only the people who don't understand anything care about things being bloatware (those are the idiots, mind you).

    Giving this a five for reasons that this isn't bloatware (there are things that go with programs that are essential for it to run, any layman would know that).

  332. 3 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing Beta (Nov 30, 2006)

    this is fast becoming bloatware. Hey Skype be careful, you should focus more on your customers and less on adding useless features/bloat to your client. You are not the only game in town, or even the best, and people are wising up to that.

  333. 2 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing Beta (Nov 30, 2006)

    it gets heavier with every new release.. in a matter of months it will be heavier than doom 3, ffs..

    brusco, u're wrong..
    "be careful"? ..they have become bloatware already.. no point to be careful now..
    and people are not wising.. most of them are plain idiots who stick to one thing and never change..

  334. 4 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing Beta (Nov 30, 2006)

    Skype for Windows 3.0 beta has been updated to version, it includes following changes:
    known issue: Video Calls between and older 3.0 betas do not work.
    change: Extras Manager updated
    bugfix: Uninstalling Skype before upgrade disabled Extras Manger in installer
    bugfix: some HTML was visible in profile window
    bugfix: displayname in Skype add uri did not work

  335. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing Beta (Nov 23, 2006)

    dalmiroy2k ,

    It does not install anything without your permission. Just click Options during installation, and uncheck everything you dont want to be installed.

  336. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing Beta (Nov 23, 2006) Beta works fine. No problems here.

  337. 2 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing Beta (Nov 22, 2006)

    This version has caused a crash each time the application has closed.

    Previous version was ok.

  338. 4 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing Beta (Nov 17, 2006)

    I don't understand, I install this version, but it shows, what's the problem?

  339. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing Beta (Nov 16, 2006)

    Personal Update: This s*** rocks.

    Generally I'd say I love Skype, since it helps me talk to my girlfriend (long dist.) but I also was curious about this beta and did some research. This is what I found:

    Skype 3.0 for Windows beta update

    This one contains important fixes to last week’s beta and we recommend everyone running last week’s beta to upgrade to the new one.

    UPDATE: this was available for a while today but we had to pull it since we got reports of some potentially pretty disastrous bugs. If you managed to download the update and it works for you, no need to worry, but for others, we’ll post another beta update when we have more info on this.

  340. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing Beta (Nov 15, 2006)

    This is an excellent program, all other things aside. Also, to those of you who are complaining about it installing things "without your permit [sic]", you're just not paying enough attention to the installation. You have the option of not installing the browser plug-ins.

  341. 2 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing Beta (Nov 15, 2006)

    this beta is just awful. slow, unappealing and a resource hog.

  342. 1 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing Beta (Nov 9, 2006)

    It installs a Skype add-on in Firefox without your permit

  343. 4 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing Beta (Nov 9, 2006)

    18 MB? Whats going on here? Have the creators of Kazaa included their garbage add sharing software here too?

  344. 4 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing Beta (Oct 12, 2006)

    Now if only it would quit re-creating these THREE EMPTY folders in my documents every time it loads :/

  345. 4 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing Beta (Oct 11, 2006)

    I really like skype but there is one thing that really bugs the hell at of me. And no matter how many times I ask for it to be added skypoe is not doing it.

    I would like an option for the skype interface not to open on my desktop whne a call comes in. I can not tell you homw many times I was playing a game and I get a skype call and it kills my game.

    Instead when a skype call comes in they could have the skype icon in the system tray change color or something like that. And maybe even have a little balloon tip popup. That would be much better.

    But it looks like Skype does not want to do this. It should at least be an option for users!!!

  346. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing Beta (Oct 4, 2006)

    SightSpeed supposedly has less lag with video calls as it uses different codecs, but once again both parties need the same software running. PITY msoft never got their act together, as all the different choices are meaningless when they cannot talk to each other. who cares if it's free
    Skype is dabomb anyways -free landline calls till janvier
    And when in **** is the Belkin wifi phone going to appear?.

  347. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing Beta (Oct 4, 2006)

    at about $35 a year the skype in number is the best solution for the international traveling business man i have seen to date! I am now using a Vosky box which allows me to use my regular cordless home phone with no problems at all.

  348. 4 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing Beta (Sep 14, 2006)

    Love Skype - I use it all day, every day to communicate with friends and colleagues around the world. Pity about the headset hair...

    This version has broken the FireFox extension. Every single time I load FireFox I get hit with a "delayed_init_skype_ff_toolbar_win" exception... I use the extension, but it's uninstalled for now!

  349. 5 out of 5 stars
    extremely well

    Reviewing Beta (Sep 8, 2006)

    Skype DOES use your bandwidth to assist in connecting random Skype users when BOTH PARTIES are behind firewalls/NAT (thus cannot make a direct IP to IP connection). Personally, these days I mostly use WL Messenger or the commercial-grade softphone eyeBeam when connecting to VoIP hardware on the other side. I use Skype rarely - when it makes some Skype user happy mostly... Obviously most people aren't as VoIP savvy as myself so Skype is a wonderful solution, even though it's proprietary. Also, the available Skype hardware (3rd party) is superb and quite affordable.

  350. 4 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing Beta (Sep 7, 2006)

    ghammer: Yes, it means person to person. And you are completely wrong about _your_ badwidth used for others calls. Why on earth that would be the case? Anyway, I hope the slight unstability witht he last beta has been fixed, looks ok for now, but can't tell for sure yet.

  351. 3 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing Beta (Aug 31, 2006)

    This is not a bad piece of software. But lately i've been using Gtalk as my primary "Talk" program. It doesn't have the conference feature yet, but it is coming soon, also it have many other features that i do use (and make it simple).

    Otherwise, Gtalk probably will communicate with Skype users, so i'm fine with it! :)

  352. 2 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing Beta (Aug 31, 2006)

    Until they fix the wrong status issue ("offline", which renders it almost useless in corporate environments) I have to give it 2 stars, while it otherwise deserves 5. Very sad.

  353. 1 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing Beta (Aug 30, 2006)

    Too many things strange about the install and defaults.
    But mainly, why would I want to allow my bandwidth to be used for others' calls?
    You all DO understand what 'P2P method' means, don't you?

  354. 4 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing Beta (Aug 30, 2006)

    Changelog for version

  355. 3 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing Beta (Aug 16, 2006)

    I rally like skype but there is one thing that I just can not stand. And that is for soe unkwon reason lots of time it will report people being offline when they are in fact online. This has been a problem for what seems like a real long time. And Skype does not seem to want to fix it anytime soon! :(

  356. 1 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing Beta (Aug 14, 2006)

    It install Firefox extension and plugin without asking for your permition.
    I uninstalled it right away and went back to a cleaner version.

  357. 2 out of 5 stars
    Captain Hook

    Reviewing Beta (Aug 11, 2006)

    To much bloatware nowadays...
    Been using this program since the start.
    Today I ended its use...
    Too many hangings and craschings and always try to start with Windows startup everytime. Doesn't matter if you want it, NOT to startup everytime.

  358. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing Beta (Aug 10, 2006)

    I have just downloaded and installed the lastest beta version and so far it looks very good. Even the video now works with my camera. So here is the 5 rating I promised earlier.

  359. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing Beta (Aug 10, 2006)

    This file is corrupted, on betanews as well as from skypes site.

  360. 2 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Jul 26, 2006)

    I'll rate version 2.5 a 5 when the video problem is fixed. Until then I'll stick to version which works fine with my web cam, as does all my other software which uses the camera. This is the third time I have had to revert to that version from an upgrade. Since the video problem is well known - refer Skype forum - it is hard to understand why it has not been fixed yet.

  361. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Jul 26, 2006)

    Great product. I have used it for many months now, and even bought a Skype handset, which is connected to my computer, but the phone itself is wireless and so I can choose weather or not to use my regular landline or skype to call. Works great!

  362. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Jul 26, 2006)

    I used to look at Skype and think, what's the point? Then, I finally downloaded it and give it a shot. I have to say I'm very impressed and pleasantly surprised. Its very easy to use, the UI is appealing and friendly. I tested it by calling my cell and leaving a voicemail, the recording sounded loud and clear. I'm thinking of buying a number from Skype and using it to call my friends, family, etc. when I'm at my computer. Overall, a 5 definitely. Looking forward to future releases.

  363. 4 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Jul 18, 2006)

    Skype is good for a reason. They cater to Windows Mostly which is my Unfortunate Stance in the Computing world but it gives me a certain advantage, Free SkypeOut for this year. I still need a SkypeIn number but I eventually plan to replace the Landline in my House. Skype may be my best Alternative. Not a bad IM client either with a damn good community. I just don't like it when random people add me in there. I'm never on SkypeMe so they probably look me up. -_- However I may look for something a little more Privacy Friendly if it persists.

  364. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Jul 13, 2006)

    Love it. We use podcasts on it.

  365. 3 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Jul 13, 2006)

    highly functional, but I wish they'd spend a little more time on the crappy installer, I don't WANT to install onto my C: drive!

  366. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Jul 12, 2006)

    Skype is a very good program. I only have a cell phone and kept going over my minutes (it would have been cheaper to just get a house phone), but then I tried Skype and what's not to love? Free calls (till 07) and really good clarity. I've been meaning to try out a usb phone on this, but haven't gotten around to it. I think this is better than Vonage.

  367. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Jul 12, 2006)

    kgruber are you kidding???
    voip and generally using the internet for phone calls isn't a fad... its the future!

    there probably is so much pressure from 'conventional' phone companies that is holding this back from growing even more...

    this is the best thing since sliced bread and pornography =P

  368. 4 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Jul 9, 2006)

    I have tried Skype for the last couple of months and really like the quality and the fact that it is a free program with minimal charges for special services. I started with the most recent beta version and now use the lastest upgraded version. The beta had some minor problems, the new release is very good with no problems experienced so far. I have used it for the VOIP calling to phones only, I have recently added SkypeIn with the voice mail and call forwarding(beta). I like the clarity much better on Skype than my cell phone when using at home, the price is exceptionally better. I rated it a 4 instead of a 5 due to not having tested entire program services yet.

  369. 3 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Jun 28, 2006)

    The program is decent and provides good voice quality. However, it is hardly innovative, cumbersome to use (e.g. headsets/requires computer) and I think it is a fad that will eventually fade into obscurity. Netmeeting and CuSeeMe did this first, and then voice chat was eventually implemented into IM clients. VOIP and cell providers already offer free domestic long distance. VOIP providers often include Puerto Rico and Canada, as well as ubercheap international rates. Why bother with Skype?

    I could see the utility in Skype if it matures into a true standalone VOIP product (e.g. VONAGE, Packet8, Comcast), and the software takes a back seat as a softphone.

  370. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Jun 28, 2006)

    I Love skype it rocks.. been using it since Jan of 06 and the calls are way better then Vonage in my eyes plus they ar free till jan of 07. i even signed up for a number so its well worth it to use skype

  371. 3 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Jun 28, 2006)

    I want to like it, but the sound quality is pretty bad over here in Maine because we're hippies and live 20 miles out in the woods. So Skype while being useable, leaves much to be desired. Not entirely the program's fault.

  372. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Jun 15, 2006)

    Day By Day SKYPE Is Better! Im Using This Program About 2 Years And Have No Problem With This! #1

  373. 5 out of 5 stars
    some guy

    Reviewing Beta (May 26, 2006)

    great, sbc and att got to love it to:)
    great software was able to call my cell phone aswell, cell was sprint service i tested it to sweet best thing that came out free, now skype any plans on free broadband:)

  374. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing Beta (May 25, 2006)

    You cant beat free landline calls.

  375. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing Beta (May 25, 2006)

    Now that it has free calls within the U.S. and Canada i cant give anything less then a 5 rating.
    Calls are clear,easy to use.

  376. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing Beta (May 25, 2006)

    All ready One of the best and just keeps getting better

  377. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing Beta (May 24, 2006)

    although skype is a closed and that raises concerns I'll give it a five because its the best voip/im software availible, Really.
    The program is very easy to use, there is no complicated setup, and the interface is very well done - though i would like an option to hide the big call/hang up buttons.
    My chief complaint is the program uses around 20mb of ram while running, which is above average for this type of software. And there is also the negative fact that Skype can utilize your idle bandwidth. I dislike the folders it creates in MY Documents so I use the Portable Skype launcher to keep everything in one folder that i can take on my usb drive.
    It's much more functional than Gizmo and WengoPhone for now...

  378. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing Beta (May 24, 2006)

    Awesome program. It seems like gizmo has better sound quality but I still think this is great. Would give it a 4 but the free calling to anywhere in the U.S. is awesome. I can call my sister in college 4 states away without any fees. Sweet deal.

  379. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing Beta (May 20, 2006)

    The best just got a little better!

  380. 3 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing Beta (May 18, 2006)

    Free calling to the US but no free texting...

  381. 1 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing Beta (May 17, 2006)

    Great voice chat software but NO interoperatability with other SIP voice providers like Free World Dialup or SIPPhone.

    Please give us ability to connect to/from other SIP Providers!!!!

  382. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing Beta (May 4, 2006)

    One of a kind!

  383. 3 out of 5 stars
    Captain Hook

    Reviewing Beta (May 4, 2006)

    Nice idea with the SMS function.
    However, it is not working at all here!
    When sending my Mobilephonenumber, nothing at all happens.
    I can't find any answer at all since they just forgot any documentation about the SMS function.

  384. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing Beta (May 3, 2006)

    I only use my phone for local calls and skype for all other calls.
    I've been waiting for the SMS feature.
    now skype has it, and it works great.

  385. 4 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Apr 19, 2006)

    Great client. Sound quality is quite clear. However, must you have the latest update on sound driver. Otherwise, there is a big delay. All-in-all, very useful.

  386. 4 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Apr 19, 2006)

    @ srotman and okaria: Get more RAM? MSN started as a n IM client. Skype started as a VoIP client. u cant compare them directly (not yet anyway)

    @ TomekLutel: sauce is yummy

    @ Gerwin: so so true.

  387. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Mar 2, 2006)

    This is an incredible update! The skype out promotion button gives me everything I need from an IM: It pops up a new window to tell me I can buy skypeout credit! Isn't that fantastic! Wow, this is the most versatile button I've ever seen. Such an amount of functionality in just one button, right there on the main interface of my favourite IM. It's amazing!

  388. 4 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Mar 1, 2006)

    TomekLutel, you need to look around a bit more. Check out Wengo at It's been around since Jan of 2005 and it _is_ open source. I'm sure you can find other open source projects, as well.

  389. 2 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Mar 1, 2006)

    bloatware, memory hog, interface could be more customizable, you cant make its window narrower than half of your desktop, you cant type in "about me" box more than 15 chars, I'm looking forward for some open-sauce equivalent of this soft.

  390. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Mar 1, 2006)

    Process Name: msnmsgr.exe
    CPU: 00
    Mem Usage: 23,628 K


    Skype is a fantastic messenger, and nothing comes close to it's VoIP functionality. I do wish they'd either develop or license technology for interop between other messaging networks; it would make their client totally complete.

  391. 4 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Feb 18, 2006)

    i will say that functionally this software is superb. but am i the only one that thinks over 20MB ram usage is a little crazy?! for the reason only i cant give it a 5. even msn doesnt use that much memory and ive always found it to be quite the mem hog.

  392. 4 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Feb 11, 2006)

    Skype is fantastic and keeps getting better.

    Biggest problem from my perspective is degradation of quality when doing heavy file transfers. If they can work out how to get some software QoS (e.g. ratchet down file transfer speed when on a call), Skype will be even better.

    Skylook Team

  393. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Feb 8, 2006)


  394. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Feb 2, 2006)

    Skype is no.1

    BEST sound and video...

    I'm using it for two years now and it had been always PERFECT (also on my old CPU with only 256 RAM)

  395. 1 out of 5 stars
    Perth, Australia

    Reviewing (Feb 1, 2006)

    still dont know why users are gloating about this s/ware.. i don't think its 'all that'. why not use yahooo msgr or msn msgr... still chat/video friends for free and with yahoo you can leave offline messages, voice or text. skype u need to have credit to make landline calls. i use my own isp's voip s/ware to make landline calls @10c untimed and yahoo msgr to chat with yahoo friends.

  396. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Feb 1, 2006)

    You shouldn't cheat the phone companies...Bwa ha ha, just kidding. This is a great program. Forget paying for long distance. With this you can talk as long as you like, leave it running 24 hours if you wanted to.

  397. 4 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Feb 1, 2006)

    Good software but in very short time realase many versions. And we have to download 'em. So wait for 3-4 weeks, except security bugs, can be good.

  398. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Feb 1, 2006)

    Previous version was crashing when viewing cam in full screen mode. I hope they fixed that bug, other than that I love the program and its features. Skype-in and Skype-out are great! My girlfriend in Poland has a Jersey number which I can call from anywhere...Hail Skype!

    Oh I just remembered, I wasn't able to make calls to 800# using Skype out, it was reporting invalid number or something to that effect.

  399. 4 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Jan 26, 2006)

    I'm a big Skype fan and promoter, I think this software is great. However those reviewers who have made comments about system performance share my experience... Skype is a memory hog for those of us still under 1GB. Also there are sound quality issues related to firewall and "relayed transfer" that affect its usefulness among mere newbies, but that isn't strictly Skype's fault. It works out of the box, just not as well as it could if you know what you're doing with firewalls.

    All in all, I still recommend.

  400. 4 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Jan 26, 2006)

    my favorite firewall says "To use Skype, import this rule skype.rie which opens UDP port 54977", thats 2999 less ports to open than twosheds odd firewall setup.

    Dwiebelhaus - i don't trust you. :>

  401. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Jan 25, 2006)

    Yes, this program is pretty nice , works well does precisely what it say's it does after extended use using the conference call function with 3 friends for about a 5 hour period , only complaint is that there is not a "push to talk" function but the voice detection works surprisingly well.

    Kudos! this is a keeper

  402. 3 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Jan 25, 2006)

    Would be good if it wasn't a security risk by asking you to manually open 3,000+ ports in your firewall (with the firewall I use that would take a couple of days by itsel)or put up with patchy reception/transmission.

    edit: wingo, what firewall is that you're using?

  403. 4 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Jan 25, 2006)

    Bring the Linux version up to date, already!

  404. 4 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Jan 19, 2006)

    I used skype since version 0.70 and it is improving every version. The new webcam plugin works far more stable then msn messenger does and I had with my home xp no frozen images, but it will not do a good image job under 512Mb. Cpu is high and it takes a lott of bandwith. The P.I.P function with fullscreen works well, but the picture of my own webcam is too little, it should be 9 times bigger or resible. It is frustrating that after format of my pc all my contacts are gone, it doesn't keep it on a server in-store like msn messenger does but in the registry. The quality of sound and picture is amazing, if there was an email plug-in like msn messenger has I would rate it a 6

  405. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing Beta (Jan 2, 2006)

    Great product. Voice quality is excellent and full screen video looks great with no loss of voice quality or video quality. Looking forward to final product.

  406. 3 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing Beta (Dec 30, 2005)

    version worked fine with webcam, but the new only have webcam support for win xp?

  407. 2 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing Beta (Dec 15, 2005)

    In my opinion Beta sucks because of the forced mixing of skype and skypeout contact. It also reminds me more and more of msn messenger ugly interface. Btw, couldnt remove all sounds this program makes. Making it not start when windows starts, you have to take a trip to advanced in options menu :/ Looking forward to gaim with googletalk capabilities

  408. 3 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing Beta (Dec 3, 2005)

    I can't get this version to recognize when I pick up my VOIP/USB phone. I had no problem with previous versions. Also, it's not clear how I can get my contacts organized like they used to be. I'm sure I can do it, but good God, it's taking me a while to figure out.

    I like the new webcam/videoconferencing feature alot.

  409. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing Beta (Dec 2, 2005)

    Skype has always worked well for me in the past, even though I use Win98SE. Really? Yes - it works perfectly despite their claims of Win2000/XP only.

    Sadly though, I may have finally run into a OS dead-end here. My Logitech webcam is detected by Skype, but doesn't display an image. Same camera works fine in other apps like, say Netmeeting, etc.

    Tried it on a WinXP laptop later with the same camera and it worked perfectly. I'll still see if I can hack it to work under Win98SE, but it'll probably not be very easy!

  410. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing Beta (Dec 1, 2005)

    I use Skype for business related conversations. A company that I contract for has pushed as much of their overseas / long-distance calling onto Skype as possible and it works out really well.

    The addition of video is really cool.

    I love the interface and how the application has been presented on the Internet. Much like the iPod, Skype didn't re-invent the wheel (wait ... actually, iPod sort of re-invented a wheel) but they deployed their application in a way that gathered better response from users.

  411. 4 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing Beta (Dec 1, 2005)

    For other than a business meeting via the web(and there are a lot of better programs out there for that), what use it the video? I don't think anyone over 20 uses it. I am sure that most of the paying customers are over 20.

  412. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing Beta (Dec 1, 2005)

    Skype just keeps getting better! Now with FREE Video!

  413. 3 out of 5 stars
    some guy

    Reviewing (Oct 25, 2005)

    for audio I give it a 5 for video that you have to download a 3rd party plugin and run 2 appications at ounce 0
    get it together allready.....

  414. 4 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Oct 25, 2005)

    (In the voice of Darth Vader) Add webcam support and the transformation is complete.

  415. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Oct 12, 2005)

    With the release of this version, and the fix of at least one bug that caused me headaches to no end, I am finally obliged to fully endorse Skype. In fact, this release has me thinking it may well be time to say goodbye to my BellSouth landline.

    And a question for the great and knowledgeable ones here--is there a Bluetooth setup/adapter/headset/whatever for Skype? If so, removing this headset cord would make it all-but-perfect for my needs.

  416. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Oct 12, 2005)

    best of best

    i use skype for talking in Russia (xUSSR) - skype great working on dial-up (

  417. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Oct 10, 2005)

    ServerMechanic: Nope, not the least "freaky". Actually that's how _any_ p2p client operates.

    Aegis69: Skype has got no adware/spyware. What's been included in is just various help hints, which although not usefull for the professional might be a help to those starting out using Skype. It _can_ however easily be turn off under preferences>notifications.

    With other words: Nothing new, just a stability update to a program only getting better.

  418. 1 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Sep 29, 2005)


    What's up with the amount of connections from Skype?

    If I do a netstat command from a CMD Prompt I end up getting people from out of state that I'm not even talking to connected to me. This is only if I leave it open for a few hours.

    It's like my computer becomes a "supernode" when I run Skype.

    Freaky Deaky...

    What do you expect? Created by the makers of KaZaA.

  419. 4 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Sep 29, 2005)

    Skype need to improve:
    - Lower rate to call to mobile and normal phone. especially in the country where telephone still expensive, such as Indonesia.
    - Better skype phone hardware
    - How about an update instead of downloading full software ? (better if auto update)

  420. 1 out of 5 stars
    Paul Lush

    Reviewing (Sep 29, 2005)

    Great, more internal spam. Not only is it full of legal loopholes for doing what it wants to your machine and what it can install but its now full of god knows what messages.

  421. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing Beta (Sep 13, 2005)

    Ok i have to defend Skype services, because i and my friend had to do refunding, because of sometimes weird billing for more seconds then we talked, and you know what ? They did it very fast, we just attached screenshot with skype call history, and website billing... So i don't know what you're talking about ?!?

    PS. I don't care about Skype being bought by eBay, because calls are encrypted anyway, and i don't mind if they know with who i'm talking - they knew it already before....

  422. 3 out of 5 stars
    some guy

    Reviewing Beta (Sep 12, 2005)

    I give the software itself a 4 and the cust service behind it a 0
    I here what ya say Zen.....

  423. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing Beta (Sep 12, 2005)

    Remember we are rating the product not the company! ;)

  424. 1 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing Beta (Sep 12, 2005)

    Not for me anymore.

  425. 1 out of 5 stars
    Ragle Gumm

    Reviewing Beta (Sep 12, 2005)

    They sold themselves to EBay and so I switch to Gizmo. EBay already knows way too much, now they even know to whom you talk ...

  426. 1 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing Beta (Sep 12, 2005)

    As a free product and service, Skype may be excellent. However, once I became a paying customer I found Skype to be a nightmare. Many of Skype's administrative systems simply fail. It's customer service is abysmal. After paying for service several days ago, I still have no funds showing when I log in to my client. After submitting trouble tickets 2-3 times, I not once received even an automated reply, so one can certainly forget contacting a human being. Skype may well be just fine as a free product, but should be put out of business as a fee-based product/service. And, I'm still awaiting the refund that I was told would be immediately forthcoming should I not like the service. Well, there hasn't been *any* service since I paid for Skype's enhanced services! The only communications I've received from Skype has been verification of charges to my credit card, and the belated provision of sign-up bonuses (which should have appeared with my sign-up). No explanation of why the bonuses were not immediately applied was offered. There was no apology for my having to scream to get them. Caveat emptor. (FileForum should consider adding negative ratings. A one-rating is being far too generous in this case.)

  427. 4 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing Beta (Sep 7, 2005)

    Great product. Unfortunately, I now stick to yahoo and google talk (more users, same level of quality). Skype also (thus the -1) does ALOT and I mean ALOT of communication in the background. I don't know what it's doing so I can't tell you what the reason behind it is. I can tell you however that it uses more idle bandwidth than all my IM programs combined - and I'm not one for 'lite', so I have yahoo msger, msn msger and aim running. Skype outdoes ALL of them while completely idle. It's too busy for my liking and though I have 6mb cable, an application which is constantly communicating with a variety of IPs behind my back is not for me. And, no, I'm not one of those paranoid people either, it's just the principle of it. Nothing's in their faqs about it. Because of that, I no longer leave it it's now rarely used. And what's with these weekly, bi-weekly, tri-weekly updates? I know it's beta - I can well appreciate that, but I think 1 or 2 a month would be great.

  428. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing Beta (Sep 6, 2005)

    I like the "newer" interface. With Gizmo, Skype, Yahoo! Messenger (yes its pretty good) and others... its hard to find one with all of the features you want. It would be great as always to have them all get together and combine.

    Overall, skype is fantastic and they do great work. As far as spyware and adware and such... Skype is like one of the big ones that is totally known for NOT having spyware or anything. Like they are one of the big time leaders against spyware and such. So no worries there.

  429. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing Beta (Sep 6, 2005)

    Just a question???

    Spyware or not? I figured I cannot be too safe staying away from the makers of Kazaa.

    I've never used Skype ...shall I try it?

  430. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing Beta (Sep 2, 2005)

    the best!

  431. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing Beta (Sep 1, 2005)

    Works just fine, but hey they have to watch out for Google talk!

  432. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing Beta (Sep 1, 2005)

    ... best i've ever seen!
    SKYPE ME! ;)

  433. 5 out of 5 stars
    The Darkside

    Reviewing Beta (Sep 1, 2005)

    I have been using it for years, hassle free and very clear line. 5 from me!

  434. 4 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing Beta (Sep 1, 2005)

    A must have...
    Only 2 things :
    - No AutoUpdate Feature
    - Proprietary, not interoperable voice format

    Waiting for the Video option...

  435. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing Beta (Aug 31, 2005)

    installs without a problem and functions with firewall, no spyware, just a very good money saving communications program...the audio quality is very very good and the updating goes without a communicate around the world at practically just the cost of your internet connection...highly recommended !!

  436. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing Beta (Aug 31, 2005)

    I have been using Skype for some time now. Can't fault it. Saving me a fortune on international calls as management (the wife) phones friends and family in Russia almost daily. This beta version looks good and the way things are going with Skype - it will only get better.

  437. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing Beta (Aug 31, 2005)

    I decided to use it to speak every day to my girlfriend who is now in Belgium and I am in Italy.
    I tried also VoIPbuster (or a name similar to this) and the quality was worse.
    I bought 10€ credit via Visa through the website and in 2 hours she was able to call not only me over Internet (which is free), but also her parents to her home number.
    She talked for 2 hours at about 1,50 €. Please note 3 mins of time via mobile *odafone charged 17€ (mobile-to-mobile). If you need to speak especially between different countries I think it worth it. Give 5.

  438. 4 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Aug 26, 2005)

    Some people never use anything and just go by what one crazy person that never used it said. Maybe you should look at the EUL and try the program.

  439. 1 out of 5 stars
    Paul Lush

    Reviewing (Aug 26, 2005)

    Dont forget the "You allow us to install whatever we want on your PC, do whatever we want on your PC, without telling you" - I dont think so. This is the company have gave us Spyware

  440. 3 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Aug 25, 2005)

    Impossible to use safely AND at high quality, since it needs about a thousand ports opened on-the-fly while it's running, and a lot of firewalls will only let you activate one at a time, one after the other. Pity...

  441. 4 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Aug 25, 2005)

    I find Skype to be a well written program and the service works very well. I have been using VoIP for a very long time, back when Dialpad was free to call any phone as long or as much as you wanted.

  442. 3 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Aug 5, 2005)

    I got 3 Euros left and when their gone, so is Skype. Not too happy with he sound quality at times. Opens too many connection is questionable territories. Going with Vonage.

  443. 3 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Aug 5, 2005)

    Spyware, time delay while talking in an audio conversation, and they won't let you sign in unless you have the very latest version even if the difference between yours and the newst one is just 0.0.000000001 geez!

  444. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Aug 4, 2005)

    they can say that they can install anything they like, they can say whatever they want, cant you have some tight security installed and running on your computers ? up to now, the only link you can tie them up with is for being the makers of that piece of garbage kazaa. right... this however has nothing doing with kazaa and is an excellent app that very well does what it offers. and I havent been able to detect anything "weird or uninvited" installed since I run skype. it really is an essential tool for free communicating through your computer. whats good is good and whats bad is bad. that has to be said. this is a winner.

  445. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Jul 27, 2005)

    ''I haven't yet installed this, and will think very carefully about it before I do. Nothing is free.''

    You should test it before talking .

    firefox is free ..

    o , so i guess your fact is just an opinion .

    btw , it works fine .

  446. 2 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Jul 20, 2005)

    Well, I expect this to be just as big a security nightmare as Kazaa, why wouldn't it be? But I see nothing like the aforementioned statement in the Licence Agreement. What I did find is this:

    "You acknowledge and agree that the Skype Software may be incorporated into, and may incorporate itself, software and other technology owned and controlled by third parties."

    Let's keep it factual, OK? The reality is bad enough. We don't need to be making things up.

    I haven't yet installed this, and will think very carefully about it before I do. Nothing is free.

  447. 1 out of 5 stars
    Paul Lush

    Reviewing (Jul 12, 2005)

    Dont forget the disclaimer

    "You give us permission to install whatever software we want on your machine, silently and without your knowledge"

    Not on my machine

  448. 4 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Jun 29, 2005)
    a newer version is out which fixs the bug

  449. 4 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Jun 23, 2005)

    It's becoming a memory hog...

    This version starts eating up 19MB of my memory....

  450. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Jun 23, 2005)

    I was just reading the EULA, and I did not find anywhere saying that they have the right to install whatever they want???? tell me where that is please, because it is not in the EULA.

  451. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Jun 22, 2005)

    i give it 5/5 because i always read papers before i sign them, the same goes for this software.

    if less than 1% isn't reading what they are installing they "AGREE" to the terms of service.

    if they don't read that they might not read the "readme.txt" either. so they can't/don't know how to use/setup software properly. poor souls!

  452. 5 out of 5 stars
    eL MaesTro

    Reviewing (Jun 22, 2005)

    ffs it is to install plugins like vSkype to add video... now go back to your caves

  453. 1 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Jun 22, 2005)

    I am using Skype and it works great, but I am really pissed off because of such a cheap trick in EULA :(((

    What surprise should I expect in the future, when they deliberately put such a statemet in the freeware EULA that probably reads less than 1 percent of users? Boooooo!!!!

  454. 3 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Jun 20, 2005)

    whoa if this is true i'm pretty creeped out:

    "Its got a 1 star due to its EULA - You give it permission to install anything that it wants to, without confirmation or interaction."

    i hate software that does this cause cmon nobody reads EULAs anyway...

  455. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Jun 16, 2005)

    Um, have you ever heard of a firewall?

  456. 1 out of 5 stars
    Paul Lush

    Reviewing (Jun 14, 2005)

    Its got a 1 star due to its EULA - You give it permission to install anything that it wants to, without confirmation or interaction.

  457. 4 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Jun 14, 2005)

    Skype is nice and therefore I give it a high rating but nonetheless I have 2 major problems with it:
    - resource hog - allocates nearly 80% of the CPU time on my 3-year-old 1GHz laptop. No problem on my desktops (10%-20%) but sometimes I just need to use it on the laptop and it becomes barely responsive. Not really a problem with laptop config, Skype customer support was not able to resolve the issue. I guess it is just the way it works, it is a bit "heavy-weight".
    - no way of controlling the way it connects to the Internet - I fully understand it was meant to be a feature (to allow users behind NAT and/or in networks with restrictive outbound policy to use it) but in my case I would like to configure Quality-of-Service on my Internet connection router to ensure a low-latency, high-priority conncetion for Skype. Skype does not allow for a fine-grained configuration, though.

    Do you know any VoIP software that would:
    - be "light-weight" - not ICQ or AIM or other full-blown IM - I only needVoIP and not anything else,
    - configurable (does not have to be user-friendly, I am a power-user),
    - reliable (in terms of stablility - I do not need NAT traversal),
    - security (encryption) would be nice but is not a requirement (and not a priority either)?

    Some time ago there was BuddyPhone, but after being taken over by Nikotel (IIRC) it is not really usable.

    Thank you for your suggestions!

    P.S. I just see that the latest version of Skype FINALLY allows for SOME connection configuration - still not really what I am looking for.

  458. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing Beta (Jun 13, 2005)

    Skype is a very cool program and is clearer than the average phone line. I love the interface and the call features. I was using Yahoo IM until I had problems connecting to the voice server. I would use over Yahoo IM anyday!!

  459. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing Beta (Jun 12, 2005)

    I have not experienced any problems with Skype made by Skype itself. I also tried the video plugin from and both combined work very well. 5/5

  460. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing Beta (Jun 11, 2005)

    Holy, they fixed most of the stuff i mentioned in other forums. Good Job! Skype, now you are on the way to enchance the PocketPC version.

  461. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing Beta (Jun 11, 2005)

    The previous version is this is please note the 3.

    So this is the newest.

  462. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing Beta (Jun 10, 2005)

    I like Skype a lot.
    But isn't this version (41) older than the last (48)?

  463. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing Beta (Jun 2, 2005)

    havent experienced any problems with skype as is perfect whereas I used to talk on msn before...that program just stopped hasnt let me down yet ! and it surely pays to be communicating with ones family abroad through means of the computer...way to go !!!

  464. 1 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing Beta (Jun 2, 2005)

    The latest 1.3beta suggests what a beta should perform. (crashing, halt, login problems...) Stuck with 1.1 unless you really want those paying features. However, Skype rocks! period.

  465. 1 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing Beta (Jun 2, 2005)

    I don't know what happened with Skype since it was 'born' but for sure in those countries on 64Kbps or less it can't be used the quailty is just POOR! I use Yahoo Messenger instead which is superb also on low connections.
    Besides of the software the customer serivce should do something on the payment method for Asian countries as from here (even Singapore!) in Indonesia impossible to get a Skype Out tough they advertise with it (also for Indonesia).
    To bad Skype became from a simple piece of software a over weighted Mercedes Benz

  466. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (May 1, 2005)

    Yes, its defenitly nice. Ok, i have big big problems with SkyeOut (i own 50€ on this). but its realy fantastic, great quality (better then phone) and its small.

  467. 4 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Apr 27, 2005)

    Need some improvements:
    1. Reduce the load to the CPU by more optimizations. or add options to use only part of the CPU power or max, ETC.
    2. Need to create version which did not need a PC. now the skype phone still need a PC. we need a dedicated skype phone which not use any PC. but still able to be upgraded as the skype version updated.
    3. How about automatic update ?
    4. More International skypeIn number such as Singapore, China, Indonesia, ETC.

  468. 4 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Apr 20, 2005)

    Impressive sound quality and very useful for calling around the world. I didn't give it a 5/5 only because of occasional connection problems and slow file transfers. In some cases I've had as much as a 30 second delay between speaking and the other party hearing what was spoken. A reconnect usually rectifies this problem.
    Overall a great product, but needs some work. When it functions properly, WOW.. Much better than any telephone in terms of voice quality. The conference calling feature is awesome! I've successfully spoken with 5 family members, two of which were on 56k modems with excellent results.
    Highly recommended in spite of a few small problems.

  469. 4 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Apr 13, 2005)

    This version is better. Now it's down to the usual things about so many applications that drive me nuts: "Close" buttons that can't be configured to exit the application, but rather only hide the main window and leave the application running as a try icon; inordinately-high context switch deltas and CPU usage, and so on...

  470. 3 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Apr 5, 2005)

    The first time I opened the options dialog, it devourced 90-100% of my CPU, for no apparent reason. After several minutes of that nonsense, it finally relented, and--gee thanks, Skype--I had my system back.

    But then, any time I tried calling a contact, I got a "critical error". And I lost track of how many times it simply crashed on me.

    Once the dust settled, I found that calls sounded very good (much better than with Firefly). I had to max out my volume, but that may be due to a hardware issue. But, I have so far only tested it on my local LAN, so...

  471. 4 out of 5 stars
    some guy

    Reviewing (Mar 23, 2005)

    software great support 0

  472. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Mar 23, 2005)

    I haven't had a chance to test out the new version, however older versions of Skype offer the best voice quality I have seen, with one exception. Over long conversations the volume of the conversation slowly decreases, and I have to reconnect in order to keep the conversation at an audible level.

    As well, when playing games it tends to slow down and get staticy.

  473. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Mar 23, 2005)

    Great usability improvements in this release makes it a good upgrade.

  474. 5 out of 5 stars
    some guy

    Reviewing Beta (Mar 20, 2005)

    great program, cant wait for video chat someday, better then any other voice over internet program out thier, program a 10 but the customer support 0

  475. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing Beta (Mar 11, 2005)

    Excellent Software. Easy to use and configure. No probs using this with NOD32. Good quality voice calls at a good price, with PC to PC free. I like the GUI changes (options) in this version.

  476. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing Beta (Mar 11, 2005)

    Second, Skype is incompatible with Eset's NOD32 AntiVirus (

    Works great with nod32. Maybe nod was stopping you from getting a virus from someone? Running imon also.

    Best Quality
    Easy to use
    Best program for talking out there.
    Low costs for out of the state calling.

    Only bad part is if you dont have friends on there its hard to find someone to talk to.

  477. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing Beta (Mar 11, 2005)

    The highest quality, best interface, and most stable (free or pay) Internet telephony application available.

    Hands down.

  478. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing Beta (Feb 4, 2005)

    FANTASTIC prog!
    much better sound than msn messenger.

  479. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Feb 1, 2005)


    Skype is cool and work great.
    Some things are wrong, but the mistakes are so small, that I can give Skype 5 points.

    First, Skype has at the moment no centralized contact list, like ICQ or MSN Messenger..

    Second, Skype is incompatible with Eset's NOD32 AntiVirus (

    Third, Skype has no webcam/video call support, like MSN Messenger, Yahoo or Netmeeting.

    But I think, these features/fixes will come in the near future and yes, Skype is new and the basic functions are free, so the development of Skype have enough time to integrade more features (for free, I hope so..) and fixes some mistakes..

    If Skype reaches Version 2.x and is still free/freeware and only things like calling ordinary phones costs a little bit and the bugs/requests I wrote at top are integrated and work great, Skype will be the best and most used Phone (inetphone)/IM in the world.. ^^

    thx and best regards,


  480. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Jan 31, 2005)

    It justs works but I still would love to have my contacts stored in a central location.

  481. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Jan 20, 2005)

    My sister told me about Skype and I like it a lot. Simple, great sound and there is also works in Linux. It will be a nice addition to communicating over Jabber.

  482. 5 out of 5 stars
    Raven Sati

    Reviewing (Jan 19, 2005)

    Crytal clear from Thailand to the US w no lags.

    A calendar that allowed scheduling conversations between different time zones would make this the ultimate VOIP.

    I love this app !

  483. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Jan 19, 2005)

    Download URL still points to, here's the correct one:

    Still a great phone software!

  484. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Jan 6, 2005)

    The best, easier way to do VOIP.
    I have lots of friends overseas and this program it's really handy to talk to them.

  485. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing Beta (Dec 23, 2004)

    Indeed a very simple and working tool. The things I miss are SIP and voicemail.

  486. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing Beta (Dec 17, 2004)

    Simple, reliable, and consistent. I love it!

  487. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Nov 25, 2004)

    This program lacks server-side contact list.

    Other than that weakness, everything else is just great.

  488. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Nov 13, 2004)

    muito bom.

  489. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Oct 30, 2004)

    I love skype the only thing missing is a Voicemail option. I found one place on the internet that is doing a Beta Test of a new Voicemail service for Skype. Check it out

  490. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Oct 27, 2004)

    I like the program..Now if they would just support proxy authentication......

  491. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Oct 22, 2004)

    The Best ever!!
    Keep up the good work and stay FREE

  492. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Oct 22, 2004)

    Top program:

    There is no spyware with this software. I have been using it for 6 months (since beta days) and never spotted any malware at all.. They seem to be keeping their word. Once they include Save or something, I shall be ditching it, but I doubt that will happen. Their business model is about selling telephone calls, not advertising space

    It's really quite well behaved at the moment.. Several people in my office use it. Interface improving all the time (YAY) and quality and getting better and better. Fewer and fewer connection drops.

  493. 3 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Oct 22, 2004)

    The thing I want to know is does Skype have any spyware or malware or whateverware in it?

  494. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Aug 20, 2004)

    Excellent P2P voice chat program. I hope it will not turn into a bloatware or adware in future.

    I had a conversation with a person from a different continent as me, yet Skype worked perfectly!

    For those of you suffering from bad audio quality, lag, distortion, etc, it is most likely because you are somehow firewalled. Take these steps:

    1. Are you using software firewall (Zonealarm, NIS, etc.)? Find out how to give Skype full access.

    2. Are you using hardware firewall (eg. router)?
    Find out how to do "port forwarding" or "virtual server" and open the relevant ports. Allow TCP and UDP traffic to pass through.

    3. Do not place your microphone near the speakers! Common sense will tell you this will generate echo! Imagine this: You speak on your microphone, the other party's speakers play your voice and his/her microphone captures the voice from the speakers, your own voice then comes back to you.

  495. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Aug 3, 2004)

    Skype is a very nice application for telephony, perhaps even the best of its kind.

    One feature I would like it see, though, is the addition of being able to search online users only, as well as the addition of Yahoo-style chat rooms.

  496. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Aug 3, 2004)

    Hope they do video one day.

  497. 4 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing (Jul 31, 2004)

    I used this program ages ago when it was still in beta. IT was very reliable then i just stopped using it due to lack of people to call but i am going to try it again and if it is still good i will try to get my friends to use it.

  498. 4 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing Beta (Jul 25, 2004)

    very good piece of software, although I am afraid they want to put to much features in it so it will get slower en less reliable (read unstable).

  499. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing Beta (Jul 25, 2004)

    The #1 VoIP software in the world.

    Nothing beats its superb quality and easy-to-use interface!

  500. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing Beta (Jul 24, 2004)

    Work great, i love it!

  501. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing Beta (Jul 3, 2004)

    great piece of software, works also behind firewalls and finally there is also version for linux. great phone software for talking to my overseas family and friends and also to talk with my bussiness partners for free.

  502. 3 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing Beta (Jun 6, 2004)

    It worked very fine until version 0.98 (both .4 and .6). I play online games like diablo II and C&C while talking to my friends. Now with version 0.98 I can't play fine because it lags my games every 2 or 3 seconds. It creates delays.

  503. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing Beta (Apr 22, 2004)

    This program works as advertised. It even works through a very constrained corporate firewall. I have recommeded this proggy to my friends and family.

  504. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing Beta (Apr 22, 2004)

    Worked good for me, talking to a buddy of mine who moved from here (Seattle) to Ohio.

  505. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing Beta (Apr 11, 2004)

    This one works better than any other I've tried, so I'll give it the 5 it deserves.

  506. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing Beta (Apr 11, 2004)

    ***RANT***First off evidently half the people here (not saying which half) DID NOT READ what SKYPE is there is no SPYWARE or ADWARE PERIOD. Of course other PCs have to ACCESS your computer HOW ELSE IN THE WORLD DO YOU MAKE A CONNECTION. This is NOT a FILE SHARING program. So please either mod out the anti-kazza statements and p2p file sharing THEY ARE OFF TOPIC
    ***END RANT***
    "Foul language, personal attacks and repeated, or off topic reviews will not be displayed."

    Can someone at BETANEWS remove those they are skewing the ratings with trash....(ok maybey mine is too so I'll give some review here) Skpye has constantly gotten better and is gaining commercial support VoIP is growing mature the makers of NERO ahead have similar called SIPPS. Betas have always small things that don't work or problems but I have not found any Major problems in Skype. For Free IP-IP telephony with on the fly encryption for voice and data (chat) packets the price is incredible. Now they are even supporting VoIP calls to and from PCs and Pocket PC 2003. They need to work on transfering buddy lists or perhaps calls but they are doing a great job IMHO. They voice Quality is excellent even on my Pocket PC (guess what WoW only a 400 MHZ xscale with 64megs ram) the PC version reccomends 2000 or XP and if you aren't running a bettter processor than 400mhz and 64 megs ram perhaps you really should not be running 2000/XP. The interface is easy to navigate for multiple ages and I have seen a 3 year old and a 87 year old know how to start the call and talk. Plus the value added functions as placing a party on hold (can make additional calls while on hold) and conference calling makes this a excellent program)

    I again ask the mods to remove the plain ignorant remarks and even feel free to edit out my request (but not the review)
    If you are worried so much about security fine don't run P2P file sharing apps but otherwise your safest bet is to turn off your pc unplug it from the wall and destroy it with a sledge hammer. Every Web based APP or TCP/IP app is going to have some ports open on your pc otherwise it wouldn't work and that includes random high ports. So unless someone here is qualified enough to analyze every packet that every app transmits (and if we trust you which i may or may not) then feel free to list every apps security vulnerabilities as you feel fit. THIS IS NOT P2P File sharing

  507. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing Beta (Apr 10, 2004)

    This is very cool! I've made calls with my Laptop using the internal microphone and speaker and it works a charm - very impressive.

  508. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing Beta (Apr 9, 2004)

    The program is very well. I use it very often and I have to write that the quality of speech is superior! Nothing compares to Skype in this matter. Unfortunately, there are some issues:
    1. some Chinese providers are forced to block it, for political reasons. I have friends in China and I have to use Yahoo! IM sometimes. As far as I know, it must depend on local governments - I have friends in different places and it varies from place to place, but I want you know it. It reminds me another program named Speak Freely, there is a special clone named Spook Freely, without encryption, for the country (only???).
    2. I do not why but Skype does not want to work with Steganos Internet Anonym Pro ( I do not mean that they do not want to work together only. They do not even want to coexist in any measure - if you install them (not use!!) both and surf the net the use of the processor is 100%. I reported the bug 3 months ago but received no answer from Steganos and Skype.
    3. pity that there is only Windows and PocketPC 2003 (or whatever the name of the PDA OS from Ms is) version, and no version for different OSes like Linux or PalmOS

    I rate it 5 stars anyway.

  509. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing Beta (Mar 13, 2004)

    Versions s/b 96+ - 97.0.6

  510. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing Beta (Feb 28, 2004)

    ok first of all skype has no spyware whatsoever thats also has great sound quality and believe me..its better than talkin on the phone the only hard part about it is to get all your friends to download it cause they either don't have a mic or they just think its g** so yea and the only program thats as cool as skype is eyeball if you have a webcam alright peace out

  511. 4 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing Beta (Feb 27, 2004)

    Great program, I've just ordered an USB headset because of it. If they can fix the issues with corporate filewalls it would be even better. They say that they're working on this and that's just fine because it's still a beta. I have no big privacy concerns because calls are encrypted with AES and that's a lot better than normal phonecalls which can very easily be monitored.

  512. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing Beta (Feb 24, 2004)

    Using this app shows you the future of internet phone service. Yes it is by the hands of the creators of Kazaa wich only show how succesfull they are at creating software people want to use. Even if its used with bad intentions. I for one, don't believe they will turn skype bad. That would be like slaughtering the hen with the golden eggs.
    Verdict for the software AS IS: 5/5

  513. 3 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing Beta (Feb 23, 2004)

    Well it does what it says and all...but someone wanna tell me what the big deal is? Ok so you got voice (no video?) does a zillion other things...camfrog, eyeballchat, msn, yahoo, aim...blah blah blah..the list goes on forever - so what's so special about this one other than the fact it lacks video?

  514. 5 out of 5 stars
    eL MaesTro

    Reviewing Beta (Feb 23, 2004)

    well dude check ur self , cuz I ran Ad Aware after installing this , and SpyBot Search & Destroy and found only your paranoia

  515. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing Beta (Feb 23, 2004)

    Have tried this since .96 ver - no problems during install nor when using it. Very pleased with the ease of use - even more please with the quality of sound - as good as a "decent" phone if not better. As another person I know said who's beta testing this, "It'll sure to put the Telcos outta business!"

  516. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing Beta (Feb 22, 2004)

    This an awesome Program, the sound quality both send and receive are unbelievable. If this is the beginning of Voip, I can't wait to see where it leads. Good Job on this one.

  517. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing Beta (Feb 22, 2004)

    This program just keeps getting better and better. I tried the audio conferencing feature and I was talking to 2 people in different countries. This works very well! Just make sure everyone has broadband!


  518. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing Beta (Jan 27, 2004)

    Excellent software. Buggy? I haven’t found the bugs yet… other then when I close Skype it used to like to switch off my “Line In” which messed with my TV card, but that was fixed a couple betas ago.
    Now as for quality, I have been using Skype since the day it went up. Calls from Oregon to Israel are clean and clear, to Great Brittan, and across state. The one thing that I have seen is that …those with the worst quality are using really crappy Microphones or are on less then broadband connection. As for drops? I haven’t been yet, except once, but that was due to Comcast fizzling out LOL
    Overall the program does what it says, does it nicely and is really really worth the price of FREE. Some of you are adding links to other software, and that’s neat, but none of them run on a p2p setup.

  519. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing Beta (Jan 27, 2004)

    Quite a high quality app. Sure, it sucks if you're trying to talk over a 48 kbps dial-up connection, but that just not what it was intended for.

  520. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing Beta (Dec 27, 2003)

    I don't know why some people are saying this program is bad. It is the best audio chat program I have ever used. I talk with my friend in the UK (I am in USA) and the sound quality is superior to what AIM, Yahoo, or MSN can offer. Definately try this out to voice chat with your friends.

  521. 2 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing Beta (Dec 27, 2003)

    Not too great. Not even slight great, to be honest. The sound quality isn't that great and it drops out like mad. Conversation drops out so much that it makes it barely usable. Ventrilo with the high quality codec enabled is definitely a lot better - very high quality and never drops out.

  522. 3 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing Beta (Dec 27, 2003)

    Hmm, I personally don't understand the hype surrounding this piece of software. I've tried it on lines down from64/64kbit, and up to 100mbit on my lan. I think it's too buggy, has clicks and dropouts in conversations, and the sound quality is worse than what msn deliver. I'm still to be dazzled.

  523. 4 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing Beta (Dec 11, 2003)

    A very good program, but I still prefer the solution from instead... ;)

  524. 3 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing Beta (Dec 10, 2003)

    Peer to Peer is direct computer to computer whereas msn yahoo use a server so by using direct peer to peer its faster clearer connection so result is clearer voice.

  525. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 0.95 Beta (Nov 21, 2003)

    Um..that file isn't even from Skype. Your computer is just infected. I have Skype instaleld and it works great. The sound quality is superior to MSN and AIM's voice chat. Also, I don't have that file on my computer, thus further proving my point.

  526. 1 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 0.940.28 Beta (Nov 15, 2003)

    Just check this out, contains trojan
    i've tried this twice every time skype gets installed AVG finds this g** d*** trojan
    Results of Complete Test, date and time 2003-11-15 21:36:31 :

    Testing C:\ serial 255B-18EC
    Testing D:\ serial 18D3-3922
    D:\Documents and Settings\COMPUTER\Application Data\PRFKSTCP.EXE repaired

    Testing E:\ serial 180A-364C

    Test finished, duration 00:18:40.3 s
    16913 objects tested, 1 found infected

  527. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 0.940.28 Beta (Nov 6, 2003)

    Very good program. Conference chat is not available.

  528. 4 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 0.93 Beta (Oct 2, 2003)

    I just installed this program and after running Ad-aware and Spybot I didn't find any spyware or adware. Pretty good program and no errors during installation.

  529. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 0.92 Beta (Sep 19, 2003)

    BigWillie I don't know what you read or where you read it but Skype has no spyware or adware at all (right now anyways)

    The program itself is damn good, the voice quality is superior to most VoIP apps, I'd say it rivals e4 Chat and Ventrilo very nicely.

  530. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 0.91 Beta (Sep 18, 2003)

    Skype is great and is SPYWARE FREE. I even did a scan with adaware and spybot to make sure and there is no spyware installed at all.

    One great thing about skype is the ability to connect router to router. I am behind a router and so is my friend and we had been unable to connect via Netmeeting or any of the IM clients out there.

  531. 1 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 0.91 Beta (Sep 17, 2003)

    Reading info found on Google, it appears that Skype is indeed a carrier of spyware. No such thing as a free lunch! Maybe wait until SkypeLite comes out, as I don't allow spyware or scumware anywhere near my P.C
    Good idea gone a little sour!

  532. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 0.91 Beta (Sep 17, 2003)

    Extraordinary good soundquality, best I've ever heard (dsl2dsl) and very stable so far.
    No Ads untill now.
    Works with 9x/ME too, althoug website says something different.

  533. 1 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 0.91 Beta (Sep 17, 2003)

    fileforum says all platforms but says XP and 2000 only!

  534. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 0.90 Beta (Sep 9, 2003)

    This is not scumware and I can in good concience recommend it to everyone. Yes, it is P2P which means that the person who is calling you must "ACCESS YOUR COMPUTER" (e.g. skype) so there is no way the eula can look any different...
    But the P2P is what makes it great. Fantastic sound quality and ease of use, and I dont have to pay long distance anymore..
    My only concern is that if there is no server it cant be monitored which means that they might get the governments chasing them instead of RIAA this time..

  535. 1 out of 5 stars
    Scorched Earth

    Reviewing 0.90 Beta (Sep 5, 2003)

    Looks like scumware to me. I could not, in good conscience, recommend this program to anyone.

  536. 3 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 0.90 Beta (Sep 4, 2003)

    The Idea these people have developed.....which yes MSN 6.0 has already a great one....its much easier to find new buddys on Skype to talk to than on MSN in my opinion......however skype still has several bugs and still needs several improvements....some comments i sent to the Skype developement team included they needed to make a way to erease your previous conversations with people as well as have a way to show which users in the search feild are online and offline or whether they are in call bugs included a minor problem with the first user search and when an inital text message is sent to a user whose list your not on if the other party hits the add user button the user isn't added to the list only way to do this is through the find feild and ask for authorization

  537. 1 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 0.90 Beta (Sep 4, 2003)

    Okay, not a review since I didn't download this. But I got suspicious about the source and found this in the EULA:


    Caveat emptor

  538. 3 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 0.90 Beta (Sep 4, 2003)

    Is that post really a review, or just a comment?

  539. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 0.90 Beta (Sep 4, 2003)

    Doesn't MSN Messenger 6.0 do this already with their built in audio and video?

Discuss Skype for Windows

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  2. Jun 30, 2009 - 2:20 PM

    Skype for Windows is not a beta version, it is the official version of Skype. Could you please correct this?

  3. Feb 3, 2009 - 4:17 PM

    Here's the offline installer for v4.0:

    Please, link to the full version from now on.

  4. Jan 7, 2009 - 2:02 PM

    Full release notes for the are:
    * feature: Super Wideband Audio codec
    * feature: MySpaceIM with Skype (functionality carried over from 3.8)
    * feature: Option to disable uPnP and Nat-PMP
    * feature: eBay browser highlighter bundled
    * feature: Added Philips SPC 1330 NC as High Quality Video camera
    * improvement: Instant Messaging layout improved
    * bugfix: History did not show all entries
    * bugfix: Outlook contacts were not always displayed correctly
    * bugfix: Resize area was missing from Shop panel
    * bugfix: Chrome could not be switched off in some scenarios
    * bugfix: Skype Call and SMS URI did not focus Skype
    * bugfix: Changing language settings on sign-in screen did not always update language
    * bugfix: Links in form of username:password@something were not clickable
    * bugfix: Crash in Vista, when last audio device was removed during a call
    * bugfix: Quickfilter took focus while writing an instant message
    * bugfix: Incorrect tooltip displayed when a call was put on hold
    * bugfix: After switching Custom Chrome off through menus no visual style was selected in options
    * bugfix: 'Add to contacts' right-click menu missing for Outlook contacts
    * bugfix: Close menu did not work in Compact mode conversation window
    * bugfix: Recently closed conversations menu did not truncate long conversation names
    * bugfix: Wrong file transfer status was shown after other side cancelled sending file
    * bugfix: US Number +15416 was shown as Canadian
    * bugfix: Emoticons were not shown in profile area
    * bugfix: Emoticons were not shown when exchanging contact details
    * bugfix: Conference call sometimes continued ringing after answering
    * bugfix: Checkbox to show online users count was missing from Tools > Options
    * bugfix: Conversations were not consumed when user was blocked
    * bugfix: Video error message was not displayed when webcam was in use by another application
    * All language localizations updated