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Microsoft has withdrawn Windows Live Messenger in favor of Skype. But the good news is that the feature has been transferred to Skype. So switch from Messenger to Skype now! Don’t worry about having all your Messenger contacts with you. Even better, you can make free voice and video calls to other Skype users in addition to email. As always, you can chat with your friends by e-mail as you have always done.
We saw how to set up and use Skype, use Skype as a chat client on Facebook, use Skype to send instant messages, record your Skype calls with Skype Recorder MP3 Skype, Messenger Plus ! for Skype, the call graph toolbar or Skype Auto Recorder. Today we show you how to use Skype as a Windows messenger.
Using Skype as a messenger on Windows
It’s pretty simple ! All you have to do is download and install the latest version of Skype. Sign in to Skype with the same email account you used with Windows Messenger.
If you do this, all your email contacts will automatically be added to Skype. You’ll find them all in the same place. If you want to see them, select All in the contacts list, then select Messenger.
To create a new contact list, right-click the Contacts tab and select Create New List. Give it a name of your choice, then browse the contacts and right-click on those you want to add to the list.
It is also easy to add new contacts. Simply click the’Add Contact’ button and start searching for a contact by name, Skype Name or Microsoft Account.
If you want to add contacts to your favorites, simply right-click on a contact’s name and select’Add to Favorites’. These contacts appear at the top of your contact list each time.
If you want to send a message to a friend, click on’Contact’. You will immediately see an instant messaging window on the right side of the screen. To send, simply click on the’Send’ button and the message should be sent to the desired person.
To make your message more interactive, you can add emoticons. Click on the smiley in the IM window or use the usual keyboard shortcuts.
To share a file as a photo, simply use the plus sign at the top of the window and select Upload File.
To invite people/friends to the group chat, click the’Create group’ option. You will find them at the top of the contact list. Then use the plus sign and select the’Add Person Prion’ option as shown in the screenshot below.
You will find more information on this page.
If you’re new to Skype, you can read the Skype sign-in page: Security instructions for beginners.