Skype

Skype 3.0

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Skype allows users to call other PCs, landlines or cellphones around the world
4.2  (14,556 votes)
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Skype is an excellent piece of software that allows users to call any other PC for free, or any phone number for a small fee. Upon installation, the user can add contacts to the contact list and start calling them seamlessly. The call quality is good even on slow Internet connections. Skype boasts a top-of-the-line end-to-end encryption for your calls, which makes it a secure VoIP client. This must-have application supports instant messaging, multi-way conference, video calling and file transfers. Its messenger incorporates a simple but powerful GUI (Graphical User Interface) that makes expressing yourself a piece of cake. The conference function of Skype is what really makes this program a must-have. Users can talk to each other simultaneously in real-time seamlessly for the first time in Internet history. Either for fun or work, up to 6 people can join any given conference. While in a conference, users can exchange files and documents. And last but not least, now you can see who are you talking with thanks to the Video calling feature. Skype is readily available for many platforms, including Microsoft Windows, Mac OSX, Linux, Palm OS, Windows Mobile, and so on. Many current mods have allowed devices like a Playstation 3, PSP, or even an Apple TV to use Skype. The possibilities are infinite. Skype is absolutely free for PC-to-PC calls and is ideal for international calling, since its fees are really low.
Skype 3.0 for Windows lets you check out and join live Skypecasts from the main window, with no need to go to Skype's website. In this release, the access to Skypecasts has indeed been improved and with a few clicks you can also create your own Skypecast. Another great feature in this new version is Public chats, which lets you create and join chat rooms. Moderators can select topics to be discussed and kick/add users at their discretion. The interface looks great on this new version, and older features work even better.

José Fernández
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Review summary

Pros

  • Free calling to any PC in the world
  • Very low fees for calling landlines or cellphones
  • Works in many platforms
  • Great call and video quality
  • Conference calling
  • File transfer incorporated
  • SMS sending
  • Public chats
  • The list of featuers keeps growing steadily

Cons

  • Sometimes calls get a little lag but the overall quality is remarkable
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