How do I call, instant message and send SMS text messages to my Messenger buddies with Skype for Windows desktop?

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You can easily reach all your Messenger buddies in Skype for Windows desktop. So there’s no need to worry as t replaces Windows Live Messenger.

Before you call, video call or send instant messages to your Messenger buddies, you’ll need to download the latest version of Skype for Windows desktop and sign in with your Microsoft account.

When you sign in to Skype with your Microsoft account, your Messenger buddies will appear in your Skype contact list. You can talk to them just like you’d talk to any other Skype contact.

A Messenger contact displayed in the Skype contact list.

If you can't see your Messenger buddies, make sure that the Messenger or All option is selected from the drop-down menu in the Contacts tab.

The Messenger option selected from the drop-down menu in the Contacts tab.

The Messenger list contains all your buddies from your Messenger account, and shows whether they are online, away or offline.

Although it’s not possible to delete the Messenger list, you can hide it by selecting another list from the drop-down menu in the Contacts tab.

Sending an instant message

To send an instant message to your Messenger friend from Skype:

  1. Sign in to Skype with your Microsoft account.
  2. In the Contacts tab, select the Messenger list.
  3. Search for the Messenger buddy you want to contact.
  4. Type your message and select Send or press Enter on your keyboard.

The Messenger contact will appear in your Recent tab along other recent conversations you’ve had with people on Skype.

Calling a Messenger buddy

You can call your Messenger buddies when they are online for free. When they’re offline, you can call them on a mobile or landline. You’ll only need a little Skype Credit or a subscription.

To call your Messenger buddy from Skype:

  1. Sign in to Skype with your Microsoft account.
  2. In the Contacts tab, select the Messenger list.
  3. Search for the Messenger buddy you want to call and click Call in the conversation window. If they are offline, you can select the phone number to reach them. If they don’t have an available phone number, simply click Add phone number to add one.

The Add phone number option selected from the list under the conversation box.

Video calling a Messenger buddy

With Skype for Windows desktop, you can easily video call any Messenger buddy who is currently online.

To video call a Messenger buddy:

  1. Sign in to Skype with your Microsoft account.
  2. In the Contacts tab, select the Messenger list.
  3. Search for the Messenger buddy you want to video call and click the Video Call button. You will only see this option available if your Messenger buddy is online.

Sending SMS text messages to a Messenger buddy

If your Messenger buddies are offline, you can reach them with SMS text messages. You’ll only need a little Skype Credit.

To send a text message to your Messenger buddy from Skype:

  1. Sign in to Skype with your Microsoft account.
  2. In the Contacts tab, select the Messenger list.
  3. Search for the Messenger buddy you want to send the SMS text message to. Click via Messenger and select the mobile number. If they don’t have an available phone number, simply click Add phone number to add one.

    The Add phone number option selected from the list under the conversation box.
  1. Type your message and click Send.

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