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7 Expert Tips on Skype for the Ex-MSN Messenger Users

MSN is moving on… For many of us, MSN was the main communication you had with your friends after school and as it cost nothing, it was very popular site. From March 15th that era will be coming to a close and MSN will merge into Skype.

Many of us have heard of Skype but some have chosen to stay with MSN for ease or because they are unsure of the new platform. Helpfully though, on the 15th, Skype will merge all your contacts from your MSN account. This means you will still have access to an instant messenger service and have all your contacts without you having to do a thing! Not used Skype before? Don’t worry, here are some expert tips for you…

1# It’s still free!

Don’t worry, your free instant messenger service hasn’t ended! Your Skype conversations will be free to all your contacts. You only need to pay when you want to call or send a message to a mobile phone and even then the rates are very reasonable.

2# Send Files and pictures

Ever had a conversation with someone and thought; “I wish you could see this”? Well Skype allows you to do it! Just click “send file” and you can send anything on your own drive to the person you are communicating with.

3# Emoticons

The Skype emoticons are much better than they ever have been. They are animated and varied, and there are plenty of them to fit every mood you could imagine.

4# Get the right kit

To get the most out of Skype, you need to have the best equipment. The conversation will only ever be as good as your internet connection, computer webcam and microphone. You don’t have to spend a lot to get good quality equipment so shop around to find the best kit.

If you are likely to be on a call for a long time, you might want to look into a Bluetooth headset for ease and comfort.

5# Contact Import

All your MSN contacts will be moved over to your Skype account for you. However you can also manually add your contacts as well as importing them from Facebook, Outlook and many other platforms. It is really simple and handy to have them all in the once place.

6# Call Services

If you want to pay for Skype Credit to call phones and online numbers, Skype allows you a number of services to support this. It allows you to set a voicemail message in case you are un-contactable. You can do this by going to Tools>Options>Calls>Voice Messages.

Additionally you can use the call forwarding function which can send callers to your mobile if you are not available on Skype so you make sure you won’t ever miss a call.

7#Group conversation

Fed up having single conversations with different people about the same thing? Need to plan a party or even want to have a conference call with someone? It is possible with Skype group chat. Just click “create a group” and drag in who you want to speak to and off you go!

You can even share your screen within your conversation if there is something you’d like them to see or if you need to show them something.

You may be upset that MSN will be no more, but as it is evolving into Skype, you will still have an instant messenger service which has all the features and capabilities you would expect and more.  And to make it even better as it is merging automatically, you don’t need to do anything!

Author Bio:- Liam McClure writes for a digital marketing agency. He writes about a variety of subjects to do with technology, communication and free instant messaging .This article has been commissioned by a client of said agency. This article is not designed to promote, but should be considered professional content.

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