Skype Classic is the previous release of the popular portable VoIP, instant messaging and chat tool.

Skype enables you to check what's going on with your friends, add comments and update your own status. And another click gives access to your phonebook, from where you can text or call your Facebook friends (free of charge, if they're also Skype users, potentially a real money-saver).

The program also currently includes a group video calling feature. This lets you have a video chat with more than two people, intelligently moving the focus to the person who's speaking so it's easy to follow the conversation.

If you've had problems with connection quality before then you'll appreciate the new call quality manager, which monitors performance during a call and provides help on resolving problems.

And while poor quality calls might be down to line or internet issues that you can't control, Skype now includes automatic call recovery, which quickly reconnects you when a connection has failed.

Note that this is the Classic version of Skype v7 for Mac.

Verdict

For both home and office users, Skype is an incredibly valuable tool and the latest additions are great improvements.