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Skype allows you to talk to friends, family and co-workers across the Internet without the inconvenience of long distance telephone charges. Using peer-to-peer data transmission technology, Skype eliminates the central server as a middle manager.

Today, millions of individuals and businesses are taking advantage of Skype's diverse communication features:

  • Free Skype-to-Skype
  • Landline and cellphone calling
  • SMS and instant messaging
  • Voicemail
  • Free video calls
  • Call forwarding to your phone when you're offline
Skype-to-Skype calls, video calls and instant more...

What's New

Version 6.19.0.442:

Fixes:

  • Some users reported problems with crashes while sending and receiving files. We've fixed this issue.
  • We fixed an issue where the client would crash upon waking from sleep.
  • We fixed missing search results when searching for your messages on older Mac desktop machines.
    • Improvement:
      • Added Voice Over support to select more...

Requirements

  • OS X 10.9 or later
  • Microphone

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No problems at all. Updated yesterday directly from the app. Sometimes I can't her the other side but that is more their equipment than Skype. If you don't like it, use something else or go back to the phone. (Like that's going to more...

9 people found this review helpful
Version 6.3.59.582
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What a load of crap. Microsoft bought a good product and stuck a bunch of Wintel wanna be coders on this, and they've ruined it. Microsoft and Adobe should marry each other, they buy a good product and suck it dry, leaving behind a stinking more...

20 people found this review helpful
Version 6.9.60.513
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Pettifogger0712 Member IconComment+41
Pettifogger0712
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Does anyone know what the last compatible versions for Snow Leopard, Lion and Mountain Lion were?

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Version 6.18.0.493
Janichsan
+2

Apparently 6.15. You can still download it here: http://download.skype.com/macosx/Skype_6.15.0.334.dmg

Pettifogger0712
+0

Thanks! :-)

Rioren Member IconReview+2
Rioren
+1

Each time I connect to Skype, the app cuts me out of Facebook, although I have absolutely no account connection between Skype and Facebbok. It also heats up my machine twice as facetime.

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Version 6.18.0.493
David Losada Soler Member IconComment+21
David Losada Soler
+1

My son is still using Skype 2.8 in his PowerMacG5. Is there any alternative to Skype that runs in a G5?

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Version 6.18.0.493
Michelovic
+1

I think Jitsi is your option.

David Losada Soler
+0

Thanks, Michelovic. I will take a look at Jitsi.

Beto-Boton Member IconComment+63
Beto-Boton
+6

FORCED upgrade to a crippled version? "
Sieg Heil" Microsoft

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Version 6.18.0.485
Cgc
+1

No kidding...I'm reliant on Skype to my 2006 MacPro which can't run Mavericks and therefore will be unable to run the newest Skype. Guess it's time to move to Jitsi...

Frosty Member IconComment+54
Frosty
+4

Hey Guys… 

Get a load of this: http://9to5mac.com/2014/06/20/skype-announces-plan-to-discontinue-support-for-older-versions-of-mac-client/

I guess its either adapt or die time now for those of us who prefer the older client.

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Version 6.18.0.485
GianMarco-Tavazzani
+0

…and all my 'notes' will be gone for ever! :-(

Nova-Bossa-Nova Member IconComment+33
Nova-Bossa-Nova
+1

Please, which is the last version number that runs on Snow Leopard (10.6.8)?

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Version 6.17.60.477
Holmemoss
+0

I have Snow Leopard and use v6.15

Markus Winter Member IconReview+360
Markus Winter
+9

My account was suspended, for unknown reasons to me - but understandable, since security is important.

The problem is that, in order to unlock my account, I have to answer questions that I never knew I was going to be asked:

- For us to lift the restriction on your account, please provide us with the following information:

1) In what year did you create your account?

WTF? That was AGES ago!

2) In which country/region did you create your account?

WTF? Can't remember if I started using Skype when I worked in New Zealand, Scotland, or Germany.

3) What payment method did you use?

WTF? I think PayPal but I'm not sure - too long ago.

4) Tell us the details of up to three of your Skype contacts. You can use their actual name or Skype Name if you know it.

Is that ANY of your business??? Isn't that kind of information supposed to be private???

- Please be aware that if the information you will provide us are missing or incorrect, we are unable to verify your identity and process your request.

So after 10 (?) years I lost my Skype account and contacts in it.

I can't even contact their support or the forum because - you guessed it - YOU HAVE TO LOG INTO YOUR SKYPE ACCOUNT FIRST!!!

IMBECILES!

The SOFTWARE isn't very good, but the COMPANY behind it is simply atrocious! But what can you expect from Microsoft?!

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Version 6.17.60.477
Markus Winter
+0

Nowhere, absolutely nowhere, am I being told what "unusual activity" is taking place. To be honest, I doubt there even IS any unusual activity - otherwise a simple password reset would have done it.

Markus Winter
+0

The ONLY way I could contact them now was by logging in with my Hotmail account (which I did not really waynt to do as they are separate accounts). Thanks Microsoft - I guess that was the aim of this little exercise … still can't get into my account though …

Markus Winter
+0

And no, it was not one of those pesky scam emails, and OF COURSE I tried to log in via Skype (on both my Mac and my iPad) and proceeded from there …

Markus Winter
+0

And after going through all kind of hoops we arrive at:

"I really want to help you on this since it is clearly your account, But since I have to follow our process with regards to account's security, I really recommend you to go through this verification. I am sorry, I am just following orders. I am very very sorry."

The sheer INCOMPETENCE at Microsoft is mind-blowing!

Markus Winter
+1

So I ask for the problem to be escalated up the ladder. Answer:

"I hope I can escalate this, but since your account is blocked. We need to verify your account first."

The sheer stupidity is mind-blowing.

Kobalt
+1

Bureaucracy gone mad. I feel for you, Markus.

Meanwhile, start up a free account so you can at least get into the support forum.

Beto-Boton
+0

AGREE, that is exactly how Microsoft works ! Ignore your customer base and that is it.

RavenNevermore
+1

You don't keep copies of account activation information or emails?

It is stupid on their part, but I've had this happen in the past, so I keep all that information handy. :)

azur_vega Member IconComment+1
azur_vega
+0

you wrote :
OS X 10.6 or later

It's only for Maveriks , but be correted

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Version 6.17.60.477
Abugirges
+5

..thats not a review what justifies a half star... odd!

RavenNevermore
+2

@Abugirges, they are probably a Snow Leopard hold out, angry at the world because they are clinging to an obsolete OS. lol

Mdewakanton
+2

@RavenNevermore, it's no matter of Snow Leopard, Mavericks or Yosemite of course. Dropping support for older OSes is legitimate (even though not so smart maybe), but let me see, are you telling me that it's pretty normal that Microsoft offers NO links to previous 6.x versions? And that if I check for updates with 6.15.60.330 (the last working with SL) I get the message "do you want install latest version after quitting Skype?". Have I to assume MS will be smart enough to not overwrite anyway my working version with an incompatible one? Well, I don't. I'm angry at idiots, not at the world.

RavenNevermore
+1

@Mdewakanton. I'm not saying anything about them not offering older versions. I said that it's normal to drop support for older OS's, especially since Apple dropped support for them. Enough stuff has changed under the hood on OS X regarding frameworks and such. To maintain backwards compatibility requires a lot of resources taken away from the new versions.

I can understand that some people are running older machines that won't run Mavericks. I used a G4 MDD for many years, and then finally had to get a Mac that would run newer software.

But to stay on Snow Leopard because you have some misguided idea that it's somehow better, is, well, misguided. ;) Time marches on.

Some of us went through this with the 68k to PPC transition, OS 9 to OS X, and PPC to Intel transitions. I lost some software I liked, and had to change hardware a few times, but that's OK. I've used every version of Mac operating systems since System 7. Each one was better than the first, but features are sometimes discarded, while new ones are added.

Now the one thing MS is doing which is clearly going to inconvenience people is making versions 6.14 and older stop working with their servers. We can surmise that they might be doing this because since acquiring Skype, they have been making changes to the server side on their end.

Mdewakanton
+0

@RavenNevermore, just a line about your assuming I "have some misguided idea that [SL]'s somehow better". That's just what you're assuming since your first post. I did never say that, nor why I'm sticking with SL. And didn't ask for Microsoft to maintain backward compatibility; making available versions for previous OSes would be enough (I do believe MS can afford some bandwidth and space). And what about MS "making versions 6.14 and older stop working with their servers"? Skype 2.8.0.851 basically still works with their servers, though Skype 6 is doing better of course. Well, I think your way of explaining me how the world is going ahead it's sort of patronizing. I gave up my velocipede for a bike quite some time ago.

Yoshinatsu Member IconComment+539
Yoshinatsu
+7

Just saying, the newest Skype 6.17 release is no longer compatible with Snow Leopard. As a matter of fact, it's not compatible with Lion or Mountain Lion either. It now requires Mavericks.

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Version 6.15.60.330
Macsolu
+5

Holy crap! This is TRUE. Here's their quote on the download page:

"All you need to get started is Mac OS X Mavericks and above, a webcam for video calls and a microphone."

Stupid move by Microslop. Instantly blocks the majority of Mac users from keeping up to date with bug fixes, performance tweaks, etc. Alienates and aggravates those users.

James-D
+10

Actually, Macsolu, Mavericks is hovering around 75-80% adoption rate. So Mavericks users ARE the majority.

That being said, I see nothing in the features of this software that should REQUIRE Mavericks, and doing so was a bonehead move by MS.

gtrsteve
+4

Why don't you upgrade to Mavericks?

RavenNevermore
+3

Snow Leopard is old crap. Just upgrade already. It's free. Mavericks is running great on my five year old iMac.

Mikael B
+0

@RavenNevermore, quite a few people hold out on the older versions because of issues with both old and new (!) hardware that causes occasional mysteriously bad performance for some real time apps, such as music production software. Issues that the manufacturers nor Apple takes full responsibility for.

I was forced to upgrade, from Snow Leopard due to lack of hardware support but I'm contemplating downgrading to Mountain Lion because I have performance issues that people claim are not present in ML. Except this I'm very happy with Mavericks., which if they just would fix the set of problems I and many other music producers have is the best OS X version sin Snow Leopard.

gtrsteve
+0

To RavenNevermore and Mikael B:

Thanks for letting me know the reason that some people stick with Snow Leopard.
Being a musician myself, I might want to go back to Snow Leopard if it works better with some music production.
I haven't been real active with DAWs if that's the reason, so I wouldn't have noticed it.
One good thing with Apple is being able to downgrade to an older OS, where with Dell and Windows, that I use for certain things.
I had upgraded on my Dell from XP to Windows 7 a few years ago, and after the upgrade screwed up several functions, it wouldn't allow me to go back to XP. I'm talking about when they still supported XP.
I wonder if I still have a Snow Leopard Disc around here and if it would work ok, if I'm ever able to get things set back up to record again without all the disruptions and my mind comes back from the meds I have to take for illnesses.
Of course I guess I couldn't run some of the new applications that I like with Mavericks if I was using Snow Leopard.
I am getting sick that Microsoft took over Skype and Apple has not fixed Safari after the upgrade to Lion.
I guess that's when Safari starting being slower and hogging memory.
I guess I'll have to sell some things and get a third computer, Mac of course, to use an old setup just for music.

RavenNevermore
+0

@gtrsteve, I'm a musician myself. I found nothing about Snow Leopard that worked better. It was a bug fix for Leopard. I thought Lion and Mountain Lion worked much better.

Mavericks is fine with music production apps, assuming you have them updated. I mostly use Cubase 7.5, but I also run ProTools 9.0.5, and use Adobe Audition CS 6 for stereo editing. These apps run better because everything is now 64 bit on my Mac.

The only time an older OS is better is if your Mac is too slow or RAM starved, or your DAW software is out-of-date and won't run on the newer OS. The only time I regretted upgrading my OS is when I was on my G4 MDD. I should have left that on Tiger, as Leopard was a bit too much for it, and didn't run well.

So Mikael B, I agree with you there. I've always been an early adopter. As soon as I see what software that's important to me is compatible or not, I dive right in. I also like to see how the OS is in its stock state, before I start personalizing it. We get used to stuff, but I enjoy the change, and getting to know the new OS, while also getting work done on it.

Eric-Woehler Member IconReview+417
Eric-Woehler
+4

seriously, can the GUI get any worse?
it's MS converting the old Skype UI to a Windoze-esque/Internet Exploder-esque nightmare of overlapping windows and tabs to select a conversation thread. I was still using Skype 2.8 until very recently when I found I could no longer join conf calls and an increasing number of friends were inaccessible as they had "upgraded" to current versions. MS efforts re Skype is the best possible news for Facetime and Viber. Thanks for ruining a great product MS and sending more people Apple's way!!!!!

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Downloads 1,601,166
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Date 11 Jul 2014
Platform OS X / Intel 32
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