Skype

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Version: 6.19.0.442 || Release Date: 2014-07-19 || License: Freeware App Owner: arne

What we've got is a simple bit of software we want to give you. It'll let you make free calls to your friends all over the world. And we don't want any money for it. It's free.

You could think of us as the big, free Internet telephony company. We prefer to think of ourselves as a big group hug, even a present. Yes! that's it; we're a present; but without the ribbon.

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http://www.skype.com/go/downloading
Is the direct link to the download -> Update!

Skype 5.0 is a terrible, terrible app. Stick with the 2.8 series, which was functional.

5.0 have a horrible UI. Looks prettier but it's less usable. Skype received MANY, MANY complains when the beta came out and they barely corrected the errors most users complained about. Now they're CHARGING for video conference. Skype just got worse after being bought by eBay.

It's a shame not having a good alternative (decent A/V chat & calls to phones).

If you're not yet using the Skype 5 Beta for the Mac, you should be. UI is much much better. I use it several times a day with no problems.

New icons in version 2.8 are horrible. Anyone knows how to use the 2.7 instead? Skype looks like cheap app.

I use to LOVE skype but this "connection fee" makes skype short calls expensive. Hope Google Voice put some pressure on this!
Skype video calls are awesome. I just wish I could use the same interface as Adium.

It should probably be noted that the above version 2.8.0.438 is a beta version.

"At the moment, screen sharing only works when sharing from a Mac-to-Mac or Mac-to-PC. We’re working hard on a PC-to-PC and PC-to-Mac version."
http://www.skype.com/intl/en/allfeatures/screensharing/

If you do not have Skype on your mac, you're missing out :)

This get a strange feeling with this "gift" / "group hug"... :(

From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Skype:
"One major problem with Skype is that its source code is not open source, and therefore cannot be inspected by most people - including most security specialists - for back doors that can be exploited by hackers or government agents. Security specialist Bruce Schneier said (...) that "In the cryptography world, we consider open source necessary for good security; we have for decades."
(...)
A third party paper analyzing the security and methodology of Skype was presented at Black Hat Europe 2006. It analyzed Skype and made these observations:
(...)
* Assumes a 'blind trust' of anything else speaking Skype
* No way to know if there is or will be a 'backdoor'
* Skype has been found to access BIOS data to identify individual computers and provide DRM protection for plug-ins.
* Skype is owned by eBay, whose privacy policy is perhaps the least protective of customers of any large corporation. (...)

It works... just.

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