Software: Use Windows Live Messenger like a phone
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Software: Use Windows Live Messenger like a phone

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You can make calls, send text messages, and even have video chats in Windows Live Messenger.

[ Music ] ^M00:00:10 >> We are all about Skype and Google talk, but it turns out that little old Windows Live Messenger, formally known as MSN messenger can make voice calls to. I am Molly Wood from CNET.com and on this edition of Insider Secrets I'll show you how to make Windows Live Messenger, work like a phone. Typing what is this 1999? All modern chat clients can do video chat and voice over IP or Internet telephony. In fact if you have a web cam I'll show you how to make super futuristic web cam calls. Press the web cam button right here under your buddies icon in the chat window to start or stop your video stream. But what if you are having one of those days where you are horribly disfigured by a passing ninja, or at least you just feel like you have been. Windows Live Messenger actually lets you record and send a voice clip so you don't have to share your horrible shame. First make sure your microphone and your speakers are plugged in. And now you can either hold down the F2 button or click the voice click button with your mouse. Yeah it turns out that I have been horribly this figured by a passing ninja and I'm not going to be able to meet you for lunch, okay thanks by. Let go of the button and it sends the sound bite right to your Buddy. Okay but we said it acts like a phone, and here's one example, text messages, just click on the cell phone icon right here and add the mobile number to your buddies profile, now you can send a text message to the buddies phone. Now just remember that your friends can be charged for incoming texts, so if you want to remain their friends you might want to go too crazy. But now we said it acts like a phone, so what are you going to want to do now? Make some calls. Now the service works kind of like a calling card, you pay five or 25 bucks ahead of time in the calls cost you a couple of cents a minute, deducted every time you make one. I'm Molly Wood from CNET.com and this has been another addition of Insider Secrets, I got to go make a couple calls. ^M00:02:01 [ Music ]

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