As of April 2013, Windows Live Messenger does not offer any service because it was discontinued by Microsoft. As an alternative, the program integrated into Skype. Skype offers its users services such as audio, instant messaging and video phone calls.
Users can make audio calls to other users, mobile numbers and landline numbers using Skype. The audio service offers caller ID and the ability to forward calls, and also provides Skype users a personal contact number through which others can call them. Skype’s instant messaging service allows users to send emojis and emoticons during their chats. The instant messaging chat service also enables users to send photos and give their locations to other users. If users are away from their devices, the chat service has a function that enables users to leave messages.
The video phone call feature facilitates face-to-face conversations with other Skype users and also allows them to create face-to-face group chats. Skype offers the ability to send files, and share their screens and contacts with people during the session.
Skype, Inc. is a Voice-over Internet Protocol company, or VoIP, company with headquarters in Palo Alto, California. Skype got its start in 2003, but Microsoft purchased the company for more than $8 billion in 2011.