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

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With Skype for Mac OS X you can reach your Messenger buddies even more easily by:

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

When you sign in to Skype with your Microsoft account, you will find your Messenger buddies under Contacts > Messenger (you may need to click >> first if you don't see Messenger).

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

Sending an instant message

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

  1. Sign in to Skype with your Microsoft account.
  2. In the sidebar, click Contacts.
  3. Click Messenger.
  4. Search for the Messenger buddy you want to IM and double-click their picture (or double-click their name if you’re using the list view).
  5. Enter your message and press the Return key on your keyboard.

Your conversation with the Messenger buddy will appear in your Recent tab along other recent conversations you’ve had with people on Skype.

You can't use the Send File, Send Contacts, Share Screens or Add people features with your Messenger buddies if they are not using Skype.

Calling a Messenger buddy

You can call your Messenger buddies when they’re online for free. When they’re offline, you can call them on a mobile or landline, if they have a phone number displayed in their Messenger profile. 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 sidebar, click Contacts.
  3. Click Messenger.
  4. Search for the Messenger buddy you want to call and place your cursor on their picture to see the green call button, then click the little down arrow and select Call.

The green call button show different ways to call someone. When your friend is online, you’ll see Video Call if you have a webcam, or Call if you don’t.

If they’re offline, you can select the phone number to reach them. If they don’t have an available phone number, simply click the Call Phone button to add one and call.

The Call Phone option selected to add and call a mobile number.

Video calling a Messenger buddy

With Skype for Mac OS X, it’s easy to video call your friends who use their Messenger account on Skype.

To video call a Messenger buddy:

  1. Sign in to Skype with your Microsoft account.
  2. In the sidebar, click Contacts.
  3. Click Messenger.
  4. Search for the Messenger buddy you want to call and place your cursor on his picture to see the green call button, then click Video Call.

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 an SMS text message to your Messenger buddy from Skype:

  1. Sign in to Skype with your Microsoft account.
  2. In the sidebar, click Contacts.
  3. Click Messenger.
  4. Search for the Messenger buddy you want to contact and double-click their picture.
  5. Next to the conversation box, click The SMS text message icon..

The conversation box turns yellow and displays the phone number, the number of characters typed, and the cost of the SMS text message.

If your Messenger buddy doesn’t have an available phone number, you’ll be prompted to add one.

The Add a number for the contact window - the box to enter the number, the Add button and SMS text message icon are selected.

  1. Type your SMS text message and press the Return key on your keyboard.

You can also invite your Messenger buddy to Skype by selecting Send download message….

The Send download message… option selected.


A message template will appear in your instant message box to suggest a Skype download. Press the Return key on your keyboard.

When you’re both using Skype, you can send files, share screens and invite others to group calls.
 

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