Has Skype Managed To Enthrall Windows Live Messenger Users?

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More than a year ago, Microsoft had ditched its popular instant messaging application, Windows Live Messenger and adopted Skype. The announcement was a shock for most Windows Messenger users who flocked over to the Windows live chat support team to know about the authenticity of the news. Eventually, the software giant discarded the services for Windows Live Messenger and started promoting Skype among its users.

Skype is definitely a much more advanced messaging service as compared to Windows Live Messenger. But it does not have certain features that were there in Microsoft’s extinct messaging service. Among these features, the one most missed by users is the option to be notified when the person receives a new mail in his/her messenger account. There’s also no option to change chat font and color font for the personal chats as well as for the chat window. Along with this, the users also don’t have the option to disable camera completely from Skype (some users even want that.)

When Microsoft had first announced the termination of Windows Live Messenger to promote Skype, internet analysis firm Comscore had stated that the instant messenger still had almost double the number of Skype users. Reports also suggested that the percentage of Skype users were increasing every year compared to that of Windows Live Messenger, which was witnessing a fall in the user share. It is probably this scenario that made Microsoft come to such a decision.

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At the time when Windows Live Messenger was going to get stopped, Brian Blau from Gartner had stated that “When a company has competing products that can result in cannibalization it’s often better to focus on a single one. Skype’s top-up services offer the chance to monetize its users and Microsoft is also looking towards opportunities in the living room. Messenger doesn’t seem like an appropriate communications platform for TVs or the firm’s Xbox console – but Skype does.” The technicians at Windows Live chat support also insisted the users to move onto Skype to experience the advanced chat service.

Coming back to the missing Windows Live Messenger features in Skype, the application also doesn’t comprise of the option to use animated avatars and also to share pictures among the users.

Well, it is certain that in the near future, Microsoft will definitely add more interesting options to Skype in order to make it the most used messaging application in the world.

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Steps To Clear Login Credentials From Windows Live Messenger

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Features Of Windows Live Messenger

Windows Live Messenger is one of the best messengers in the market, which helps you to stay connected with your friends and loved ones over the internet. It helps you with real time chat. The program not only allows you to send messages to your contact list but also send files. You may use the program to send videos, documents etc. According to Windows Live help blogs, the program is loaded with numerous features, which help in better communication.

As mentioned above, many useful features are incorporated in the program. The program is capable of saving your username and password. This feature can be of great help if you frequently use the program in a computer. This will avoid the difficulties of logging in to the program each time you wish to work with it. With the username and password saved in the program, you only need to double click it and can directly start chatting with your friends and loved ones. Now, the password-remembering feature would be helpful if you are using the program in your private computer, which is not used by others. However, when you use the program in a public computer, you should make sure that you are logged out each time after the use.

So, how can you clear the login credentials of Windows Live from a public computer? In this post, we will find out the steps involved in this process.

Steps Involved

  • Open the Start menu by pressing the Windows key on your keyboard.
  • Select the option All Programs.

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  • From the menu with the list of programs in the computer, choose the option Windows Live Essentials.
  • From the new menu that has Windows Live Essential programs, choose Windows Live Messenger.
  • Once Windows Live Messenger comes up, choose the option Show Menu. This is present above the contact list in the program.
  • Select the option File and then from the menu that comes down, choose Sign Out.
  • Choose the arrow, which is present next to the password box. This will open more sign in functions.
  • Select the option Forget Me.
  • Choose the button Yes to confirm your selection.
  • Close the program.

With the above steps, your password is no longer saved in the Windows Live Messenger program. According to Windows Live help blogs, you may launch the program again to verify that your username and password is not saved in the program.

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Removing Your Old Sign-In Id For Windows Live Messenger

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Windows Live Messenger can be termed as an instant messaging client that is compatible with Windows, Xbox, iOS and Java ME. Earlier, this messenger was launched as MSN messenger, which later on was rebranded as Windows Live. Some of the features of this messaging application include an album viewer, social networks integration, offline messaging etc. There is also a dedicated customer support service by the name Windows Live help that troubleshoots and fixes all the issues related to this email application.

With this advanced messaging application, you can easily chat with your friends and relatives. Along with this option, you can also choose the option to have your sign-in information remembered so that it becomes easier for you the next time. You can also remove your old Windows Live ID from the instant messaging application if you have already created a new one.

For this, you need to use the following instructions provided by the Windows Live help and support team:

  • In the first step, you need to open the Windows Live Messenger application in your system. Now, check if you’re already logged in under the old ID. If so, then you need to click on the Show menu button, move the cursor over the File option and then click on Sign out to log out of the instant messaging application. Before you try to remove your old sign-in ID, you need to sign out of your system.
  • Now, move on to the sign-in options on your Windows Live Messenger. Here, you need to select the option to have your sign-in information saved or even removed from the application.

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  • In the next step, you can click on the blue Forget Me link beside Remember Me and then remove your old sign-in information. At any point of time, you can also contact the Windows Live help and support team to get more information on fixing issues in the messaging application.
  • Next, you’ll see a box popping up on your screen that would ask you whether you would want to remove the sign-in information in your Windows Live Messenger. Here, click on Yes.
  • By clicking on this option, your old sign-in ID will be erased from Windows Live Messenger.

Now, you’ll be able to sign into Windows Live Messenger with your new ID and password. For more assistance on the same, you may also contact our Windows technical support team.

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Set Up Windows Live Mail Client In Your OS

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MS Outlook is one of the best email clients available. However, it is not a freeware application. You have to buy it as a standalone application or get it with the MS Office Suite. Though Outlook is known for its many advanced features and options, most average users may not have any use for all of them. So, instead of purchasing a feature-rich email client application like Outlook, many novice users prefer a freeware that will have all the basic emailing functions.

Microsoft is aware of this fact actually, and this is why, they have included a freeware mail client in all their operating systems, known as Windows Live Mail. Users can also download this application from Microsoft Download Center. Of course, this free version mail client will not have many of the cool options and features that you normally find in MS Outlook, but it will have all the basic functions that you need for managing your day-to-day email correspondence. In addition to that, you will also get tremendous Windows Live chat support and other tech support services from Microsoft for the app.

So, check if you have Windows Live Mail application pre-installed in your Windows computer. If not, go to the Microsoft’s official website and download the Windows Essentials pack. Once you have downloaded the file, install Windows Live Mail from the Windows Essentials suite. When done, launch the application and set up your email account.

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Setting up your email account in Windows Live Mail is also very easy and much similar to that in Outlook Express and MS Outlook. Normally, the Email Account Setup wizard will be automatically launched the first time you start the application, but if it does not, you need to launch from the Tools menu.

As in the other email client applications, here too, you will see that simple automatic account set up as well as the manual option for entering all the server address details and security settings. In the first case, you can easily finish the account set up in a couple of minutes by entering the full email address, user name and password. However, if you are using the Manual Account Setup mode, then you will have to enter all the details like incoming and outgoing server address, port numbers, SSL settings, etc.

Just follow the prompts shown on the wizard and your account will be added to the mail client in a few steps. If you have any doubts though, contact the Windows Live chat support team for assistance.

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Removing The Ask Toolbar From Your PC

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Ask Toolbar Removal

You’ve heard of the Ask toolbar plenty of times. This is a product of Ask web search service, which was formerly called Askjeeves. The service itself isn’t as well known as the toolbar, which is infamous for the way it sneaks into your computer, when you install something else.

The Ask toolbar is a search engine extension, which installs into Internet Explorer and Firefox. What it does when it gets there, is to change the default search engine to Ask, and also the home page settings. Now, the first one, you can see is of some use, but what good is changing the home page? In fact, it’s irritating at best, and frustrating, in most cases. Both these changes are nothing more than acts of browser hijacking. And, it’s not like the Ask toolbar is as good at search as something like Google, let alone better.

People, invariably, remove Ask toolbar from their computers when they find it there; at least those that can be bothered. If you fall in that category, here’s what you do to get rid of this PUP (potentially unwanted program).

In Internet Explorer

  • Launch the browser, and find and click on the arrow beside Search. This will show a drop down menu, where you need to choose Manage. This will open the Toolbar Options window.
  • Hit the Search selection on the left, and this will bring up a new window for the search options. Select the box that reads Set and keep Google as the default search engine.
  • Hit Save, and exit the window.

In Firefox

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  • Launch the browser, and select the arrow on the left of the URL bar to access a drop down menu.
  • Select Manage Search Engines from the list of options shown there. This will bring up a window showing all the search engines installed in the browser.
  • Choose the Ask entry, and hit the Remove button on the right of this. This will remove the Ask search engine from Firefox, and after that, you can hit OK to exit the search engine window.

That spells out how to remove Ask toolbar from your browser. These steps are easy to perform, and wouldn’t take much time. If the extension is still in your computer after you’ve done the above, call our tech support team, and we’ll assist you with a more thorough removal. Meanwhile, for similar tips and guidelines, check out the other posts here.

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