Windows Live Messenger is well designed to help you chat with one or more friends online for fun, work, or both with voice calling, video conference, gaming, and mailing functions. The core of the program has not changed much from the previous versions, but adds a great array of new features that the user can surely benefit from.
- Call your friends' PC (free), mobile or landline phones.
- Calls require a microphone and speakers or a headset and broadband connection.
- Make calls for less than $.02 a minute to most places around the world with Verizon Web Calling.
- Start a video conversation within minutes with a webcam. Drop in photos and other stuff for friends in a Sharing Folder, as many as your computer can handle.
- With Windows Live Messenger you can now connect with your Yahoo! IM contacts.
Messenger has moved to Skype
Messenger was retired in April 2013 and is no longer available or supported on most Mac and Windows operating systems. *
You can continue to make audio and video calls with your contacts on Skype and Facebook and send IMs for free—your contacts will come with you when you update to Skype and sign in with your Microsoft account.
Find out more about Skype
For information about moving from Messenger to Skype, visit the About Skype page.
To learn about instant messaging with Skype on your Windows desktop, visit the Skype instant messaging page.
To find out how to call your contacts with Skype on your Windows desktop, visit the Skype–to–Skype calling page.
* If you have a Mac operating system earlier than OSX or a Windows operating system earlier than Windows XP, you won't be able to update to Skype. Messenger will continue to be available on these operating systems until it is discontinued later in 2013.