How do I move from Windows Messenger to Skype?

It's easy to move from Windows Messenger to Skype and start chatting with your Messenger buddies like you always have.

How do I get started?

To get started:

  1. Download and install the latest version of Skype.
  2. Sign in to Skype with the same Microsoft account that you use with Windows Messenger. Learn more about signing in to Skype with your Microsoft account. 
  3. If you already have a Skype account, you can link it to your Microsoft account. Be careful to link the correct accounts.
  4. You're ready to chat and make some video calls. 

Learn more about Microsoft accounts. 

Can I still speak to my Messenger buddy?

Yes. It's really easy to send instant messages and make calls to your Messenger buddies. 

Can I make a video call to my Messenger buddy?

Yes. If you and your Messenger buddy are both online, you can make a video call from Skype. When you make the call, they'll receive an invitation to download a plug-in and once they've installed it, you'll be able to chat. Currently, this is a beta feature and calls cannot be made from Messenger to Skype. 

Can I still speak with my Facebook friends?

Yes. You'll just need to connect Skype with your Facebook account

Learn more about finding your way around Skype or join the discussion in our community. 


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