Skype for Windows Skype for Windows for Windows

by Skype Ltd.

Avg. Rating 3.7 (1,938 votes)

File Details

File Size 83.0 MB
License Freeware
Operating System Windows 7/8/10/Vista/XP
Date Added
Total Downloads 806,029
Publisher Skype Ltd.
Homepage Skype
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Publisher's Description

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 รข?? 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.

Latest Reviews


JohnOhan reviewed v8.46.0.60 on May 29, 2019

Hey deaf Microsoft: Bring back the "Compact View" option.
We miss it and want it back.
Otherwise, we will not use this terrible program ever again.


rebradley reviewed v8.41.0.54 on Mar 20, 2019

Skype at one time was great software. Microsoft has turned it into a tool to collect users personal information for sale to the highest bidder.


Music4Ever reviewed v8.30.0.50 on Sep 13, 2018

Not as good as it was, I really dislike the recent changes.


Yakumo reviewed v8.21.0.10 on May 16, 2018

The preview image for this page needs to be updated, that is no longer how skype looks since version 8, I was accidentally thought this was an update to the last good versions of skype (


tim_tester reviewed v7.29.0.102 on Oct 21, 2016

crapware !

some guy

some guy reviewed v7.29.0.102 on Oct 21, 2016

Hangouts is a much better cross platform program no ADDS !


Alex20 reviewed v7.27.0.101 on Sep 16, 2016

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Hong Kong: A Concise Profile, 2014 Case Solution


beingdinu reviewed v7.27.0.101 on 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.

A powerful mind can bring in Peace or Destruction.


maianh04 reviewed v7.25.0.106 on Jul 5, 2016

Eu adoraria usar este software, além Eu também uso


CyberDoc999 reviewed v7.25.0.106 on Jul 1, 2016

Viber is better and free also

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JohnOhan reviewed v8.46.0.60 on May 29, 2019

Pros: Used to be a decent program till Microsoft started to mess with it.

Cons: Microsoft stupidly messed up this program.
This dumb company inexplicably removed the very practical and useful "Compact Mode" and they now force the user to use this program in full and very large window mode which takes a huge space on our monitors.
This was a moronic change and if Microsoft is smart and caring they will bring back the "Compact View".
But somehow I doubt that they will do this as they are not smart.

Bottom Line: Hey deaf Microsoft: Bring back the "Compact View" option.
We miss it and want it back.
Otherwise, we will not use this terrible program ever again.


rebradley reviewed v8.41.0.54 on Mar 20, 2019

Pros: It used to be good.

Cons: A Microsoft tool to track users and sell for advertising purposes.

Bottom Line: Skype at one time was great software. Microsoft has turned it into a tool to collect users personal information for sale to the highest bidder.


Music4Ever reviewed v8.30.0.50 on Sep 13, 2018

Pros: Was really good isn't now.

Cons: Really gone downhill.

Bottom Line: Not as good as it was, I really dislike the recent changes.


Yakumo reviewed v8.21.0.10 on May 16, 2018

Pros: It still connects I guess.

Cons: Many missing features / settings.

Bottom Line: The preview image for this page needs to be updated, that is no longer how skype looks since version 8, I was accidentally thought this was an update to the last good versions of skype (


tim_tester reviewed v7.29.0.102 on Oct 21, 2016

crapware !

some guy

some guy reviewed v7.29.0.102 on Oct 21, 2016

Hangouts is a much better cross platform program no ADDS !


Alex20 reviewed v7.27.0.101 on Sep 16, 2016

Another incredible post, I value all the work you put into this site, assisting others with your fun and inventive works.
Hong Kong: A Concise Profile, 2014 Case Solution


beingdinu reviewed v7.27.0.101 on 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.

A powerful mind can bring in Peace or Destruction.


maianh04 reviewed v7.25.0.106 on Jul 5, 2016

Eu adoraria usar este software, além Eu também uso


CyberDoc999 reviewed v7.25.0.106 on Jul 1, 2016

Viber is better and free also


newbizk9 reviewed v7.25.0.103 on Jun 18, 2016

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


Uriel reviewed v7.21.0.100 on 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.

some guy

some guy reviewed v7.18.0.122 on 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


LakotaElf reviewed v7.14.0.105 on 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...


Sven123456789 reviewed v7.11.0.102 on Sep 24, 2015

People still use this? whoa


gatorfan95 reviewed v7.1.0.105 on 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.


Willforce reviewed v7.1.0.105 on Jan 29, 2015

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


souliacl reviewed v7.0.59.102 on Jan 27, 2015

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E.T reviewed v7.0.59.102 on 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...


Sven123456789 reviewed v7.0.59.100 on Dec 9, 2014

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


john446 reviewed v7.0.59.100 on Dec 9, 2014

nice update i wish to use it online on my site

some guy

some guy reviewed v6.22.81.105 on 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 :)


Blaxima reviewed v6.22.81.104 on 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"


Sven123456789 reviewed v6.21.0.104 on 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.


gatorfan95 reviewed v6.20.104 on Sep 3, 2014

Nilst you are an idiot

Nice update, reasonably good software


nilst2006 reviewed v6.18.0.106 on Aug 23, 2014

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


Blaxima reviewed v6.18.0.106 on 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


FatBastard reviewed v6.18.0.105 on Jul 9, 2014

Very bloated :(


geomelen reviewed v6.16.0.105 on 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 ????


mikebratley reviewed v6.14.0.104 on Mar 11, 2014

great stuff


jensb reviewed v6.14.0.104 on Feb 19, 2014

No problems upgrading to No ads or toolbars.

Best voip out there!


mfarmilo reviewed v6.13.0.104 on 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.


Music4Ever reviewed v6.11.0.102 on Nov 20, 2013

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

some guy

some guy reviewed v6.9.0.106 on 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

extremely well

extremely well reviewed v6.7.0.102 on Jul 31, 2013

Skype 6.7 changes:


inkowyouknow reviewed v6.7.0.102 on 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.


Uriel reviewed v6.7.0.102 on 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.


landfish reviewed v6.6.0.106 on Jul 3, 2013

works great,
no ads under compact view

Artem S. Tashkinov

Artem S. Tashkinov reviewed v6.6.0.106 on 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?


FatBastard reviewed v6.6.0.106 on Jul 3, 2013

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


Blaxima reviewed v6.5.0.158 on 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

some guy

some guy reviewed v6.5.0.158 on 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


HeilNizar reviewed v6.5.0.107 Beta on May 2, 2013

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


SuzzyWoozy reviewed v6.5.0.107 Beta on May 1, 2013

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


Music4Ever reviewed v6.3.59.105 on Mar 15, 2013

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

some guy

some guy reviewed v6.3.59.105 on 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

Artem S. Tashkinov

Artem S. Tashkinov reviewed v6.3.32.105 on Mar 14, 2013

It works, but I still mourn the removed features.


Music4Ever reviewed v6.3.32.105 on Mar 14, 2013

Good program, updates without problems, stable.


TomA102210 reviewed v6.3.32.105 on 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.


jogygeorge reviewed v6.2.32.106 on Feb 14, 2013

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


alphanews reviewed v6.1.32.129 on Jan 24, 2013

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

some guy

some guy reviewed v6.1.32.129 on Jan 24, 2013

whats new in this version ?


ThomasW reviewed v6.1.0.129 on 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?


gatorfan95 reviewed v6.1.0.129 on 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.


Music4Ever reviewed v6.1.0.129 on 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?


FatBastard reviewed v6.1.0.129 on Jan 10, 2013

Skype is bloated crapware :(


gatorfan95 reviewed v6.0.0.126 on Nov 16, 2012

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


Soozy reviewed v6.0.0.126 on 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


HeilNizar reviewed v6.0.0.126 on 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.


CyberDoc999 reviewed v6.0.0.126 on 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.


Cuelebre reviewed v6.0.0.126 on Nov 14, 2012

Correct version number should be Skype


grum36 reviewed v5.10.0.115 on Jul 9, 2012

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


brucewillis680 reviewed v5.10.0.114 on Jul 3, 2012

skype is best messenger for video chat..
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Soozy reviewed v5.9.0.123 on 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.


RWW reviewed v5.9.0.114 on 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.


Graig reviewed v5.9.0.114 on 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


kb3grz reviewed v5.8.0.158 on 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.


HeilNizar reviewed v5.8.0.156 on Feb 22, 2012

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


Diam0nd reviewed v5.8.0.156 on 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?


Uriel reviewed v5.8.0.154 on 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.


ppscslv reviewed v5.6.0.110 on Oct 15, 2011

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

Joseph A

Joseph A reviewed v5.6.0.105 on 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!


niknetpc reviewed v5.6.0.105 on 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.


soldier1st reviewed v5.6.0.105 on 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.


Diam0nd reviewed v5.6.0.105 on Sep 30, 2011

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


And| reviewed v5.6.0.105 on 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.


Blaxima reviewed v5.6.0.105 on 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


reddy.shyam reviewed v5.6.0.105 on Sep 30, 2011

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


Sven123456789 reviewed v5.6.0.105 on Sep 29, 2011

Total crap. Massive spyware


roj reviewed v5.5.0.115 on 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).


nilst2006 reviewed v5.5.0.115 on Sep 1, 2011

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

some guy

some guy reviewed v5.5.0.115 on Sep 1, 2011

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


wadedesk reviewed v5.5.0.114 on 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?


roj reviewed v5.5.0.114 on 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).


loldfield reviewed v5.5.0.114 on 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!


Diam0nd reviewed v5.5.0.114 on 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:


Uriel reviewed v5.5.0.114 on Aug 24, 2011

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


Sven123456789 reviewed v5.5.0.114 on 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.


TomekLutel reviewed v5.5.0.113 on 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.


Umapathy reviewed v5.5.0.113 on Aug 4, 2011

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


felichka reviewed v5.5.0.113 on 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"


bettywt reviewed v5.5.0.113 on Aug 3, 2011

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


annainlove011 reviewed v5.5.0.113 on Aug 3, 2011

Easy to use with simple interface.


testman reviewed v5.5.0.113 on 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.


TomA102210 reviewed v5.5.0.113 on 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


Peter.S.Wilts reviewed v5.5.0.113 on 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


Aegis69 reviewed v5.5.0.112 on 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.


niknetpc reviewed v5.5.0.110 Beta on 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


Diam0nd reviewed v5.5.0.110 Beta on 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.


baki_princ reviewed v5.5.0.110 Beta on Jun 20, 2011

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


Aegis69 reviewed v5.5.0.110 Beta on Jun 20, 2011

Sykpe live messenger for windows live go start, 7.


Uriel reviewed v5.3.0.116 on May 28, 2011

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


LuceferAB reviewed v5.3.0.113 on May 25, 2011

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


nilst2006 reviewed v5.3.0.113 on May 24, 2011

This program is history. Crap....


Uriel reviewed v5.3.0.111 on Apr 23, 2011

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


Blaxima reviewed v5.3.0.111 on 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.


niknetpc reviewed v5.3.0.111 on 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.


Hilbert reviewed v5.3.0.111 on 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.


HeilNizar reviewed v5.3.0.108 on 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


niknetpc reviewed v5.3.0.108 on 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


reets reviewed v5.3.0.108 on 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 #.


kazzi13 reviewed v5.3.0.108 on 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.


Tockman reviewed v5.3.0.108 on Apr 7, 2011 still crashes on Win7 x64 right after start, just like the previous version.


laray reviewed v5.3.0.108 on 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.

Artem S. Tashkinov

Artem S. Tashkinov reviewed v5.3.0.108 on 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


baki_princ reviewed v5.3.0.108 on 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


Tockman reviewed v5.2.60.113 on Mar 22, 2011 just crashes on Win7 x64, right after start.


fatray reviewed v5.2.60.113 on 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,


Nehemoth reviewed v5.2.60.113 on 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


Blaxima reviewed v5.2.60.113 on 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


KenH reviewed v5.2.60.113 on 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.


HeilNizar reviewed v5.2.60.113 on 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.

Artem S. Tashkinov

Artem S. Tashkinov reviewed v5.2.60.113 on 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


Uriel reviewed v5.2.0.102 Beta on 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.


DonGato reviewed v5.1.0.112 on 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.

Artem S. Tashkinov

Artem S. Tashkinov reviewed v5.1.0.104 on Jan 8, 2011

Skype offline installer link/url:


RWW reviewed v5.1.0.104 on 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.


rip_pit reviewed v5.0.0.152 on 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


ballyhairs reviewed v5.0.0.152 on Oct 16, 2010



CyberDoc999 reviewed v5.0.0.152 on 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


pjb reviewed v5.0.0.152 on 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.


arg0 reviewed v5.0.0.123 Beta on 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?


ZenWarrior reviewed v5.0.0.123 Beta on 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!


ballyhairs reviewed v5.0.0.123 Beta on 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.


Diam0nd reviewed v5.0.0.123 Beta on 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.


Aegis69 reviewed v5.0.0.123 Beta on Sep 2, 2010

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


jorgosch reviewed v5.0.0.123 Beta on Sep 2, 2010

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


baki_princ reviewed v5.0.0.123 Beta on 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


arg0 reviewed v4.2.0.169 on 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.


UPieper reviewed v4.2.0.169 on Jun 19, 2010

Best and most reliable free Phone-Video software around!


FatBastard reviewed v4.2.0.166 on 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.


baki_princ reviewed v4.2.0.166 on May 11, 2010

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

Artem S. Tashkinov

Artem S. Tashkinov reviewed v4.2.0.163 on Apr 28, 2010

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


carstereos reviewed v4.2.0.163 on 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.


Yakumo reviewed v4.2.0.163 on 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


TomekLutel reviewed v4.2.0.163 on Apr 27, 2010

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


RWW reviewed v4.2.0.158 on 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.


ballyhairs reviewed v4.2.0.158 on 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

Second Shadow

Second Shadow reviewed v4.2.0.155 on 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


carstereos reviewed v4.2.0.155 on Mar 11, 2010

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


doctorsmith reviewed v4.2.0.155 on 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.


Blaxima reviewed v4.2.0.155 on 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


doctorsmith reviewed v4.2.0.152 on 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.


niknetpc reviewed v4.2.0.152 on 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.


FatBastard reviewed v4.2.0.152 on 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.


Diam0nd reviewed v4.2.0.152 on Feb 25, 2010

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


Midichlorian_Joe reviewed v4.2.0.152 on 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.


copenhaus reviewed v4.2.0.152 on Feb 25, 2010

you can grab the full installation from here:


anonymouscowturd reviewed v4.2.0.152 on Feb 25, 2010

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


aruprc reviewed v4.2.0.141 Beta on Dec 12, 2009

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


Diam0nd reviewed v4.2.0.141 Beta on Dec 10, 2009

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

What's new:


RWW reviewed v4.1.0.179 on Oct 13, 2009

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


Diam0nd reviewed v4.1.0.179 on 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


netean reviewed v4.1.0.179 on 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.


gsteele reviewed v4.1.0.179 on Oct 12, 2009

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

Second Shadow

Second Shadow reviewed v4.1.0.166 on Sep 5, 2009

Changelog here:


TDreamer reviewed v4.1.0.136 Beta on Jun 30, 2009

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


Diam0nd reviewed v4.1.0.130 Beta on 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


jp_ext reviewed v4.0.0.226 on 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.


bigmama reviewed v4.0.0.226 on 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


Diam0nd reviewed v4.0.0.226 on 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


Diam0nd reviewed v4.0.0.224 on 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


Diam0nd reviewed v4.0.0.215 on 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


rseiler reviewed v4.0.0.215 on 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.


argil reviewed v4.0.0.206 on 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.


PostDeals reviewed v4.0.0.206 on Feb 5, 2009

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


Ryusennin reviewed v4.0.0.206 on 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.


anarkhy reviewed v4.0.0.206 on Feb 4, 2009

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


kingprad reviewed v4.0.0.206 on 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.


gawd21 reviewed v4.0.0.206 on 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.


kbsoftware reviewed v4.0.0.206 on 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


maxxpilot reviewed v4.0.0.181 Beta on 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.


nms04 reviewed v4.0.0.181 Beta on Jan 8, 2009

getting better from release to release!


kalevs reviewed v4.0.0.176 Beta on Dec 11, 2008

check you have incorrect version number
correct is


maxxpilot reviewed v4.0.0.169 Beta on 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.


outofspace reviewed v4.0.0.169 Beta on Oct 31, 2008

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


dalmiroy2k reviewed v4.0.0.169 Beta on Oct 30, 2008

Window size is back to normal if you choose so.


VictorAnderson reviewed v4.0.0.168 Beta on 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.


landfish reviewed v4.0.0.168 Beta on 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 !!!


maxxpilot reviewed v4.0.0.168 Beta on 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


doctorsmith reviewed v4.0.0.168 Beta on Oct 15, 2008 Beta was one step forward, Beta is several steps backward, stay with the previous release this one is another insult.


Diam0nd reviewed v4.0.0.168 Beta on 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".


ezh reviewed v4.0.0.166 Beta on 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.


pjb reviewed v4.0.0.166 Beta on Oct 2, 2008

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


niloch reviewed v4.0.0.166 Beta on 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!!!


doctorsmith reviewed v4.0.0.166 Beta on 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. reviewed v4.0.0.166 Beta on Oct 1, 2008 got a compact view mode like old one


wdc reviewed v4.0.0.166 Beta on 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.


Nymz reviewed v4.0.0.166 Beta on Oct 1, 2008

the layout of 4.0 beta looks terrible


madmike reviewed v4.0.0.166 Beta on Oct 1, 2008

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


improvelence reviewed v4.0.0.161 Beta on 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.


outofspace reviewed v4.0.0.161 Beta on Aug 14, 2008

4.0 beta looks awfully


Aegis69 reviewed v4.0.0.161 Beta on 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.


SuzzyWoozy reviewed v4.0.0.155 Beta on 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.


dazran reviewed v4.0.0.155 Beta on Jul 31, 2008

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


nms04 reviewed v4.0.0.155 Beta on 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


VictorAnderson reviewed v4.0.0.155 Beta on 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!


doctorsmith reviewed v4.0.0.155 Beta on 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.


plumlipstick reviewed v4.0.0.155 Beta on 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.


landfish reviewed v4.0.0.155 Beta on 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.


AntiochMedia reviewed v4.0.0.155 Beta on 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.


Aegis69 reviewed v4.0.0.155 Beta on Jul 30, 2008

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


Squibbles reviewed v4.0.0.155 Beta on 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.


RottynDawg reviewed v4.0.0.155 Beta on Jul 30, 2008

Keep up the great work the new UI!


Monyet reviewed v4.0.0.150 Beta on Jul 30, 2008

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


ZenWarrior reviewed v4.0.0.150 Beta on 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.


juanito1968 reviewed v4.0.0.150 Beta on 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!!!


VictorAnderson reviewed v4.0.0.150 Beta on 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.


Daddy_Spank reviewed v4.0.0.150 Beta on 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!!!


stisev reviewed v4.0.0.150 Beta on Jul 10, 2008


or stay with 3.x until they revert the interface


Dreimanis reviewed v4.0.0.150 Beta on Jul 9, 2008

turned into a monster with version 4.


ModderXManiac reviewed v4.0.0.150 Beta on 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.


Wintings reviewed v4.0.0.150 Beta on 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)


AntiochMedia reviewed v4.0.0.150 Beta on 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.


nms04 reviewed v4.0.0.150 Beta on 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


outofspace reviewed v4.0.0.150 Beta on Jul 9, 2008

the new UI - catastrophe


Nehemoth reviewed v4.0.0.150 Beta on Jul 9, 2008

Hate this new GUI


dalmiroy2k reviewed v4.0.0.150 Beta on Jul 9, 2008

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


minklein reviewed v4.0.0.150 Beta on 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.


turistas reviewed v4.0.0.150 Beta on Jul 9, 2008

really bad UI.


landfish reviewed v4.0.0.145 Beta on 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.


Daddy_Spank reviewed v4.0.0.145 Beta on 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.


rip_pit reviewed v4.0.0.145 Beta on 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


stisev reviewed v4.0.0.145 Beta on 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


don_fellas reviewed v4.0.0.145 Beta on 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...


sadred reviewed v4.0.0.145 Beta on 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.


aloishammer reviewed v4.0.0.145 Beta on Jun 18, 2008

The new UI is terrible.


raveren reviewed v4.0.0.145 Beta on Jun 18, 2008

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


pjb reviewed v4.0.0.145 Beta on 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:


dazran reviewed v4.0.0.145 Beta on Jun 18, 2008

really ugly interface


Diam0nd reviewed v4.0.0.145 Beta on 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?



b0mmel reviewed v4.0.0.145 Beta on Jun 18, 2008

love the new interface


RWW reviewed v4.0.0.145 Beta on Jun 18, 2008

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


DJHasis reviewed v4.0.0.145 Beta on Jun 18, 2008

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


Relic27777 reviewed v3.8.0.139 on Jun 4, 2008

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


sps reviewed v3.8.0.139 on Jun 4, 2008

Finally, this version works with Win 2008 server!


Diam0nd reviewed v3.8.0.139 on Jun 4, 2008

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


Diam0nd reviewed v3.8.0.115 on Apr 30, 2008

Great. Works for me


madmike reviewed v3.8.0.96 Beta on 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


gate1975mlm reviewed v3.8.0.96 Beta on Apr 2, 2008

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

Its getting old! :(

Skype rules!


MickyFoley reviewed v3.8.0.96 Beta on 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.


brusco reviewed v3.6.0.248 on Feb 6, 2008

21550 kb. Why so big?

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


mizkitty reviewed v3.6.0.248 on 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...


DeadFly reviewed v3.6.0.248 on Feb 5, 2008

Love Skype. Change log here:

Looks like one security bug fixed in this release.


pjb reviewed v3.6.0.248 on Feb 5, 2008

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

Cellar Dweller

Cellar Dweller reviewed v3.6.0.248 on Feb 5, 2008

This is not - this is


Diam0nd reviewed v3.6.0.248 on 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.


Adrian79 reviewed v3.6.0.248 on Feb 5, 2008

free only to call pc users.


cap.ahab reviewed v3.6.0.127 Beta on Oct 12, 2007

The bomb. period.


ZenWarrior reviewed v3.6.0.127 Beta on 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.


brusco reviewed v3.6.0.127 Beta on Oct 11, 2007

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

Only gripe is that its beginning to bloat a bit.


imafurby reviewed v3.6.0.127 Beta on 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.

Joseph A

Joseph A reviewed v3.6.0.127 Beta on 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


godzila reviewed v3.5.0.239 on Sep 20, 2007

best program


ghammer reviewed v3.5.0.239 on 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!


cs reviewed v3.5.0.239 on 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


cs reviewed v3.5.0.234 on 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


DoHickey reviewed v3.5.0.214 on 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.


keir reviewed v3.5.0.214 on 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.


ZenWarrior reviewed v3.5.0.202 on 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.


roch20 reviewed v3.5.0.178 Beta on 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...!


wellingtonadd reviewed v3.5.0.158 Beta on Jul 16, 2007

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


gate1975mlm reviewed v3.5.0.158 Beta on Jul 4, 2007

Skype keeps getting better and better!

And now with my new plantronics USB 550 headset it really rocks! reviewed v3.5.0.107 Beta on Jun 14, 2007

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


DeadFly reviewed v3.5.0.107 Beta on 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)


gate1975mlm reviewed v3.5.0.107 Beta on Jun 13, 2007

Skype just keeps getting better and better!


minklein reviewed v3.5.0.107 Beta on 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.


h377r1d3r reviewed v3.2.0.158 on 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.


rip_pit reviewed v3.2.0.158 on 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...


tickleonthetum reviewed v3.2.0.158 on 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!


zridling reviewed v3.2.0.158 on May 31, 2007

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


Diam0nd reviewed v3.2.0.148 on May 16, 2007

Skype pwns.


o0luigi0o reviewed v3.2.0.145 on 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.


yokozuna reviewed v3.2.0.145 on 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.


Diam0nd reviewed v3.2.0.145 on 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.


horsecharles reviewed v3.2.0.115 Beta on 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).


pjb reviewed v3.2.0.115 Beta on Apr 25, 2007

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


radiomaffia reviewed v3.2.0.82 Beta on 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!


mizkitty reviewed v3.2.0.82 Beta on Apr 13, 2007

Installs and working fine for me...XP x64


winamp reviewed v3.2.0.82 Beta on Apr 12, 2007

install error. don't like it.


horsecharles reviewed v3.2.0.82 Beta on Apr 11, 2007

Install error 1603(vista).


utomo reviewed v3.2.0.63 Beta on 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.


rseiler reviewed v3.2.0.63 Beta on Apr 4, 2007

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


Daddy_Spank reviewed v3.2.0.63 Beta on Apr 4, 2007

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


c4p0ne reviewed v3.2.0.63 Beta on 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


Monyet reviewed v3.2.0.53 Beta on Apr 1, 2007

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


grum36 reviewed v3.1.0.147 on Mar 24, 2007

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


utomo reviewed v3.1.0.147 on Mar 22, 2007

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


veeoh reviewed v3.1.0.147 on Mar 21, 2007

stisev - get a grip

Paul Skinner

Paul Skinner reviewed v3.1.0.147 on Mar 21, 2007

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


stisev reviewed v3.1.0.144 on 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.


pjb reviewed v3.1.0.144 on 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.


harmlessdrudge reviewed v3.1.0.144 on 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!


sudbury reviewed v3.1.0.134 Beta on 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.


GS5 reviewed v3.1.0.134 Beta on 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)


segfaul reviewed v3.1.0.134 Beta on Mar 7, 2007

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


killeragy reviewed v3.1.0.112 Beta on 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).


pseudoheld reviewed v3.1.0.112 Beta on 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


lalf reviewed v3.0.0.217 on 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"


segfaul reviewed v3.0.0.217 on Feb 15, 2007

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


jk- reviewed v3.0.0.217 on Feb 15, 2007

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


rcutnik reviewed v3.0.0.217 on 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


minklein reviewed v3.0.0.217 on 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.


whoetbe reviewed v3.0.0.217 on Feb 14, 2007

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

Other messengers and netphones are lot less !


gate1975mlm reviewed v3.0.0.216 on Feb 7, 2007

Skype is the best plain and simple!


utomo reviewed v3.0.0.214 on 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


philosopher_dog reviewed v3.0.0.209 on 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! :)


sadred reviewed v3.0.0.209 on 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:


Diam0nd reviewed v3.0.0.209 on Jan 24, 2007

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


PostDeals reviewed v3.0.0.205 on 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.


horsecharles reviewed v3.0.0.205 on 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...


Diam0nd reviewed v3.0.0.205 on Jan 17, 2007

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


santuccie reviewed v3.0.0.198 on 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.


zridling reviewed v3.0.0.198 on 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.


DeadFly reviewed v3.0.0.198 on 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


lalf reviewed v3.0.0.198 on Dec 20, 2006

Then just use an older version :)



Dreimanis reviewed v3.0.0.198 on 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 ;)


horsecharles reviewed v3.0.0.190 on 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.


lalf reviewed v3.0.0.190 on 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.



zridling reviewed v3.0.0.190 on 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.


rodgerballard reviewed v3.0.0.190 on 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.


TomekLutel reviewed v3.0.0.190 on 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.


dAbReAkA reviewed v3.0.0.190 on 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!


castiglione reviewed v3.0.0.190 on 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).


brusco reviewed v3.0.0.154 Beta on 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.


dAbReAkA reviewed v3.0.0.154 Beta on 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..


mackley reviewed v3.0.0.154 Beta on 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


Pantagruel reviewed v3.0.0.137 Beta on 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.


Klemm reviewed v3.0.0.137 Beta on Nov 23, 2006 Beta works fine. No problems here.


pjb reviewed v3.0.0.137 Beta on Nov 22, 2006

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

Previous version was ok.


droozel reviewed v3.0.0.123 Beta on Nov 17, 2006

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


Tutsumi reviewed v3.0.0.123 Beta on 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.


Zarggg reviewed v3.0.0.123 Beta on 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.


Dreimanis reviewed v3.0.0.123 Beta on Nov 15, 2006

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


dalmiroy2k reviewed v3.0.0.106 Beta on Nov 9, 2006

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


brusco reviewed v3.0.0.106 Beta on Nov 9, 2006

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


raveren reviewed v2.6.0.103 Beta on Oct 12, 2006

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


gate1975mlm reviewed v2.6.0.103 Beta on 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!!!


anomoly reviewed v2.6.0.97 Beta on 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?.


dean56 reviewed v2.6.0.97 Beta on 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.


richardhill reviewed v2.6.0.81 Beta on 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!

extremely well

extremely well reviewed v2.6.0.74 Beta on 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.


Nahkanunna reviewed v2.6.0.74 Beta on 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.


Letterman reviewed v2.6.0.67 Beta on 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! :)


BNuser reviewed v2.6.0.67 Beta on 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.


ghammer reviewed v2.6.0.67 Beta on 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?


mackley reviewed v2.6.0.67 Beta on Aug 30, 2006

Changelog for version


gate1975mlm reviewed v2.6.0.53 Beta on 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! :(


dalmiroy2k reviewed v2.6.0.44 Beta on 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.

Captain Hook

Captain Hook reviewed v2.6.0.44 Beta on 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.


grisla reviewed v2.6.0.44 Beta on 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.


statm1 reviewed v2.6.0.44 Beta on Aug 10, 2006

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


grisla reviewed v2.5.0.130 on 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.


Daddy_Spank reviewed v2.5.0.130 on 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!


iamtux reviewed v2.5.0.130 on 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.


kingkhearts reviewed v2.5.0.126 on 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.


Tutsumi reviewed v2.5.0.126 on Jul 13, 2006

Love it. We use podcasts on it.


Kylde reviewed v2.5.0.126 on 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!


jshurst reviewed v2.5.0.126 on 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.


Sreal1 reviewed v2.5.0.122 on 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.


kgruber reviewed v2.5.0.122 on 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.


COChris reviewed v2.5.0.122 on 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


eclipsingdivinity reviewed v2.5.0.122 on 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.


niknet reviewed v2.5.0.113 on Jun 15, 2006

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

some guy

some guy reviewed v2.5.0.91 Beta on 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:)


kazoom reviewed v2.5.0.91 Beta on May 25, 2006

You cant beat free landline calls.


xrayspex reviewed v2.5.0.91 Beta on 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.


Theoldwino reviewed v2.5.0.91 Beta on May 25, 2006

All ready One of the best and just keeps getting better


Kal-El reviewed v2.5.0.91 Beta on 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...


pafinator11 reviewed v2.5.0.91 Beta on 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.


gate1975mlm reviewed v2.5.0.82 Beta on May 20, 2006

The best just got a little better!


twanj reviewed v2.5.0.82 Beta on May 18, 2006

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


sanawar reviewed v2.5.0.82 Beta on 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!!!!


Diam0nd reviewed v2.5.0.72 Beta on May 4, 2006

One of a kind!

Captain Hook

Captain Hook reviewed v2.5.0.72 Beta on 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.


yakaledo reviewed v2.5.0.72 Beta on 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.


lil2short2see reviewed v2.0.0.103 on 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.


mikeyx11 reviewed v2.0.0.103 on 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.


Gerwin reviewed v2.0.0.90 on 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!


rotjong reviewed v2.0.0.90 on 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.


TomekLutel reviewed v2.0.0.90 on 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.


okaria reviewed v2.0.0.90 on 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.


srotman reviewed v2.0.0.81 on 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.


paul1andrews reviewed v2.0.0.81 on 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


rafaelcage reviewed v2.0.0.81 on Feb 8, 2006



markoX reviewed v2.0.0.79 on 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)

Perth, Australia

Perth, Australia reviewed v2.0.0.79 on 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.


Skyfrog reviewed v2.0.0.79 on 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.


System32 reviewed v2.0.0.79 on 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.


radsec reviewed v2.0.0.79 on 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.


k3of4 reviewed v2.0.0.76 on 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.


wingo reviewed v2.0.0.76 on 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. :>


Dwiebelhaus reviewed v2.0.0.76 on 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


twosheds reviewed v2.0.0.76 on 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?


thehunger reviewed v2.0.0.76 on Jan 25, 2006

Bring the Linux version up to date, already!


radiomaffia reviewed v2.0.0.69 on 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


radsec reviewed v2.0.0.63 Beta on 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.


mengo reviewed v2.0.0.63 Beta on Dec 30, 2005

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


butthead reviewed v2.0.0.43 Beta on 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


kmanrox reviewed v2.0.0.43 Beta on 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.


Frostek reviewed v2.0.0.43 Beta on 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!


AntiochMedia reviewed v2.0.0.43 Beta on 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.


gawd21 reviewed v2.0.0.43 Beta on 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.


gate1975mlm reviewed v2.0.0.43 Beta on Dec 1, 2005

Skype just keeps getting better! Now with FREE Video!

some guy

some guy reviewed v1.4.0.84 on 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.....


Esquire reviewed v1.4.0.84 on Oct 25, 2005

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


ZenWarrior reviewed v1.4.0.78 on 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.


wblaze reviewed v1.4.0.78 on Oct 12, 2005

best of best

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


lalf reviewed v1.4.0.71 on 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.


ServerMechanic reviewed v1.4.0.71 on 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.


utomo reviewed v1.4.0.71 on 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)

Paul Lush

Paul Lush reviewed v1.4.0.71 on 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.


Zygi reviewed v1.4.0.56 Beta on 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....

some guy

some guy reviewed v1.4.0.56 Beta on Sep 12, 2005

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


cooldude7273 reviewed v1.4.0.56 Beta on Sep 12, 2005

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


Betachecker reviewed v1.4.0.56 Beta on Sep 12, 2005

Not for me anymore.

Ragle Gumm

Ragle Gumm reviewed v1.4.0.56 Beta on 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 ...


ZenWarrior reviewed v1.4.0.56 Beta on 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.)


Neoprimal reviewed v1.4.0.51 Beta on 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.


LunaHa1o reviewed v1.4.0.51 Beta on 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.


ServerMechanic reviewed v1.4.0.51 Beta on 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?


budzis reviewed v1.4.0.47 Beta on Sep 2, 2005

the best!


softssa reviewed v1.4.0.47 Beta on Sep 1, 2005

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


Monyet reviewed v1.4.0.47 Beta on Sep 1, 2005

... best i've ever seen!

The Darkside

The Darkside reviewed v1.4.0.45 Beta on Sep 1, 2005

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


Ulmo reviewed v1.4.0.45 Beta on Sep 1, 2005

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

Waiting for the Video option...


robertguda reviewed v1.4.0.45 Beta on 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 !!


kazzi reviewed v1.4.0.45 Beta on 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.


Corlis reviewed v1.4.0.45 Beta on 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.


gawd21 reviewed v1.3.0.66 on 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.

Paul Lush

Paul Lush reviewed v1.3.0.65 on 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


twosheds reviewed v1.3.0.65 on 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...


gawd21 reviewed v1.3.0.65 on 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.


CyberHobo reviewed v1.3.0.60 on 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.


Blackhole8746 reviewed v1.3.0.60 on 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!


robertguda reviewed v1.3.0.60 on 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.


Nikkie reviewed v1.3.0.57 on 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 .


13ernie reviewed v1.3.0.57 on 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.

Paul Lush

Paul Lush reviewed v1.3.0.57 on 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


Jeffsoft reviewed v1.3.0.51 on Jun 29, 2005
a newer version is out which fixs the bug


Mountain_Man reviewed v1.3.0.51 on Jun 23, 2005

It's becoming a memory hog...

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


DigiBrian reviewed v1.3.0.51 on 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.


wingo reviewed v1.3.0.51 on 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!

eL MaesTro

eL MaesTro reviewed v1.3.0.51 on Jun 22, 2005

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


Obren reviewed v1.3.0.51 on 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!!!!


zridling reviewed v1.3.0.45 on Jun 16, 2005

Um, have you ever heard of a firewall?

Paul Lush

Paul Lush reviewed v1.3.0.45 on 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.


rt reviewed v1.3.0.45 on 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.


bounty1990 reviewed v1.3.0.41 Beta on 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!!


yokozuna reviewed v1.3.0.41 Beta on 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


wingzero0135132 reviewed v1.3.0.41 Beta on 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.


DigiBrian reviewed v1.3.0.41 Beta on Jun 11, 2005

The previous version is this is please note the 3.

So this is the newest.


ghammer reviewed v1.3.0.41 Beta on Jun 10, 2005

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


robertguda reviewed v1.3.0.48 Beta on 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 !!!


wingzero0135132 reviewed v1.3.0.48 Beta on 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.


indoguys reviewed v1.3.0.48 Beta on 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


boogeyman reviewed v1.2.0.48 on 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.


utomo reviewed v1.2.0.48 on 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.


JazzyTech reviewed v1.2.0.48 on 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.


httpd.confused reviewed v1.2.0.41 on 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...


httpd.confused reviewed v1.2.0.37 on 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...

some guy

some guy reviewed v1.2.0.37 on Mar 23, 2005

software great support 0


jpasula reviewed v1.2.0.37 on 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.


zridling reviewed v1.2.0.37 on Mar 23, 2005

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

some guy

some guy reviewed v1.2.0.32 Beta on 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


pjb reviewed v1.2.0.21 Beta on 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.


complexity reviewed v1.2.0.21 Beta on 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.


stisev reviewed v1.2.0.21 Beta on Mar 11, 2005

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

Hands down.


mastergeese reviewed v1.1.0.81 Beta on Feb 4, 2005

much better sound than msn messenger.


iNsuRRecTiON reviewed v1.1.0.79 on 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,



BrianSmith reviewed v1.1.0.79 on Jan 31, 2005

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


jrepin reviewed v1.1.0.73 on 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.

Raven Sati

Raven Sati reviewed v1.1.0.73 on 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 !


KayNine reviewed v1.1.0.73 on Jan 19, 2005

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

Still a great phone software!


dalmiroy2k reviewed v1.1.0.61 on 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.


igrokit reviewed v1.1.0.47 Beta on Dec 23, 2004

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


zridling reviewed v1.1.0.37 Beta on Dec 17, 2004

Simple, reliable, and consistent. I love it!


kmleow reviewed v1.0.0.106 on Nov 25, 2004

This program lacks server-side contact list.

Other than that weakness, everything else is just great. reviewed v1.0.0.100 on Nov 13, 2004

muito bom.


djc998 reviewed v1.0.0.97 on 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


bgerrish reviewed v1.0.0.97 on Oct 27, 2004

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


polaad reviewed v1.0.0.94 on Oct 22, 2004

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


tobypowell reviewed v1.0.0.94 on 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.


kljs reviewed v1.0.0.94 on Oct 22, 2004

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


kmleow reviewed v1.0.0.29 on 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.


itsumo reviewed v1.0.0.18 on 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.


GeneralLeoFF reviewed v1.0.0.18 on Aug 3, 2004

Hope they do video one day.


KDE reviewed v1.0.0.10 on 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.


Martje reviewed v0.98.0.68 Beta on 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).


Black-Wolf reviewed v0.98.0.68 Beta on Jul 25, 2004

The #1 VoIP software in the world.

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


Tyko reviewed v0.98.0.42 Beta on Jul 24, 2004

Work great, i love it!


nemrtvy reviewed v0.98.0.42 Beta on 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.


Riven_CDE reviewed v0.98.0.6 Beta on 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.


gumbydude reviewed v0.97.0.40 Beta on 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.


onetouch reviewed v0.97.0.40 Beta on Apr 22, 2004

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


onetouch reviewed v0.97.0.32 Beta on Apr 11, 2004

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


kb9mawjh reviewed v0.97.0.32 Beta on 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


tompagenet reviewed v0.97.0.32 Beta on 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.


yokozuna reviewed v0.97.0.32 Beta on 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.


GaryRW reviewed v0.97.0.6 Beta on Mar 13, 2004

Versions s/b 96+ - 97.0.6


lewis59878 reviewed v0.97.0.6 Beta on 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


wdekler reviewed v0.97.0.6 Beta on 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.


LongDragon reviewed v0.97.0.3 Beta on 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


VictorAnderson reviewed v0.97.0.3 Beta on 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?

eL MaesTro

eL MaesTro reviewed v0.97.0.3 Beta on 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


jimstoffel reviewed v0.97.0.1 Beta on 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!"


TheWolf19xx reviewed v0.97.0.1 Beta on 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.


animeusa reviewed v0.97.0.1 Beta on 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!



randal2k reviewed v0.96.0.3 Beta on 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.


Ksilebo reviewed v0.96.0.3 Beta on 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.


animeusa reviewed v0.95.0.36 Beta on 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.


BootBlock reviewed v0.95.0.36 Beta on 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.


tristan202 reviewed v0.95.0.36 Beta on 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.


meulie reviewed v0.95.0.25 Beta on Dec 11, 2003

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


Markymoo reviewed v0.95.0.25 Beta on 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.


OCedHrt reviewed v0.95 Beta on 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.


softssa reviewed v0.940.28 Beta on 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


Joco reviewed v0.940.28 Beta on Nov 6, 2003

Very good program. Conference chat is not available.


jcorque reviewed v0.93 Beta on 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.


LordLOC reviewed v0.92 Beta on 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.


bangbang023 reviewed v0.91 Beta on 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.


BigWillie reviewed v0.91 Beta on 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!


kaweka reviewed v0.91 Beta on 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.


method77 reviewed v0.91 Beta on Sep 17, 2003

fileforum says all platforms but says XP and 2000 only!


ugghuggh reviewed v0.90 Beta on 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..

Scorched Earth

Scorched Earth reviewed v0.90 Beta on Sep 5, 2003

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


mark_vanpelt reviewed v0.90 Beta on 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


pohlman reviewed v0.90 Beta on 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


v_impressed reviewed v0.90 Beta on Sep 4, 2003

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


sjc001 reviewed v0.90 Beta on Sep 4, 2003

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

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