Are you ready to chat? On Skype, instant messaging—also known as IM—lets you send short messages to your contacts so you can chat back and forth in real time.
IM is a great alternative to regular Skype calls—and even email—if you want to ask someone a quick question or simply have a relaxed conversation without picking up the phone.
You can also IM someone during a call. This can be useful if you want to send a phone number, link, or anything else you would normally write down. All you have to do is click the Show IM button in the call window and type your message.
So what do you see when someone IMs you on Skype? Sometimes a pop-up, but more often a notification on your computer's taskbar. It may look something like this:
To view or reply to the IM, open your Skype window. Then go to the Recent tab, or click the person who sent you the IM on the Contacts tab. Both areas will be marked to let you know you have a message waiting. The same thing happens if you receive an IM while you're offline.