To not know the difference between
NotSuchASmugMarriedNow · 27/05/2011 12:13
Skype, IM, MSN and Windows Live Messanger.
I am getting bloody confused, can someone explain what the differences between them are.
Does "IM" simply cover all of them, is is that something you can download
Help!!!!! I wanna be trendy!!!!
Tee2072 · 27/05/2011 12:15
IM = Instant Messaging. MSN/AOL and others provide that.
MSN and Windows Live Messenger are now the same thing. If they were ever actually different things.
Skype is what is called VoIP. Voice Over IP. It's like a phone, only you can also use it to make video calls. It does actually also have IM capabilities but I don't know anyone who actually uses it for that regularly. More to send a message if you are expecting a call and can't make it or something.
QueenofDreams · 27/05/2011 12:23
IM = instant messaging, so that could refer to skype, msn or any number of other programs.
Skype is used to make phone calls over the internet - very useful.
bit out of touch with msn as haven't used it in many years, and not sure exactly what windows live messenger is
Pandemoniaa · 27/05/2011 12:31
Skype is excellent. Particularly good for keeping in touch with family overseas since you can make video calls. If you Skype to Skype it is free too. It's definitely not the same as the chat applications (or Instant Messaging as they like to call it) though. Be prepared that if you do active any of these, they are intrusive. Regardless of what you set your status too.
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