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User-friendly video and audio chat
Skype is a free and user-friendly application that offers an intuitive interface and delivers excellent video and audio quality. In addition to being a handy PC-to-PC VoIP utility, Skype enables you to check your Facebook updates and also make calls to cell phones and landlines at low rates.
The set-up and installation process is simple and fast. In order to install the app you just have to drag and drop it into your Mac's Applications folder.
Easy audio device configuration
You will be able to make a new account or login using your credentials from Skype's main window. The welcome screen will guide you through the steps you need to follow to set up your mic, webcam and address book.
Skype features a large and well-designed interface from which you can view your contacts on the left column and the Skype Home on the right.
From the Skype Home panel you can view the online Skype and Facebook contacts and your address book. You can easily change the display of your contacts from the vertical alignment to the grid view with just a mouse click.
VoIP calling and instant messaging utility
During our testing period, Skype managed to impress us with high quality video and audio calls that are made using the Voice over IP technology. However, you will be able to enjoy high quality video calls only if all participants have fast internet connections (at least 1.5MBps) and HD cameras. While engaged in a video or audio call, you can also send instant messages, share contacts, transfer files and take snapshots of the video image.
In addition, Skype enables its users to easily call landlines and mobile phones anywhere in the world and enjoy the same high-quality reception.
By purchasing the Premium package for a modest price per month, you will be able enjoy the Screen share feature, make video conferences with up to 10 persons and place unlimited calls to a country of your choice.
SMS and Facebook integration
Thanks to the Facebook integration you can check your Facebook news feed, post text status updates and call your friends if their Skype ID or phone number is displayed on their profile.
Although Skype allows its users to send SMS messages, at various prices according to the region they want to reach, the sender can't receive an answer via a SMS.
Video communication app for multiple platforms
All in all, Skype is a trustworthy video chat client that enables you to stay in touch with your friends and family, check your Facebook news feed and transfer files.
Skype was reviewed by George Popescu, last updated on November 27th, 2014
Runs on: Mac OS X 10.9 or later (Intel only)
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