This article is not about using the Skype instant messenger service that is included within that application. This is about how to use the Skype online messenger without having to download anything to your desktop.
You may be on a public computer and need to send a quick instant message to a Skype contact. You may be on a friend’s computer and want to communicate with your family members across the country without having to clutter their computer with a Skype app that they may never use later. This article is for you.
There are plenty of sites out there that want to take your information and use it for bad purposes. I’ve found on that is proven safe and works nicely. It’s called IM+ (plus.im) and it works for online instant messaging through Facebook, Skype, Google Talk (now Hangouts), MSN, Yahoo, and a whole bunch of other sites. See:
The site is easy to find and does not save your password information. You can even choose to sign in as invisible on Skype. It’ll pull up all of your contacts and allow you to chat with them without ever having to download something to your computer. Here are some images of what you would see:
This, above, is the homepage for the IM+ website. It allows you to change the language and choose the service into which you want to log. You can also sign up for an IM+ account for free, or through Facebook. I did not have to do this to access my or use Skype online messenger.
This next image, above, shows what happens when you click the blue Skype icon on the homepage. A white box pops up and asks for your Skype log in information. Here, you can choose to sign in as invisible by checking the box beneath the Sign In box. IM+ will not save your password information to use Skype messenger online.
Once you’ve logged in to use Skype online messenger, this (image above) should come up. Yours should have your contact list in the light grey box to the left. You should be able to click one of them and begin typing in the large section on the right. It does not have all of the features of the official Skype application, but you can still get your message across. Just close the browser when done and you’ll be logged out of the IM+ skype online messenger. Double check to make sure.
IM+ is also available on Apple, Android, and Windows mobile devices for free.
As I mentioned, this article had not the intention of discussing the instant messaging service included with Skype. What that does is allows you to contact people through Skype just as you would with a video call, but through instant messages. You can also use the messaging simultaneously with a video or audio call with emoji and multimedia all included. However, that’s all only available through the Skype app itself. You have to actually download Skype to use that. What this article covers is the IM+ app which is free and allows you to access your Skype contacts and communicate with them safely and without having to download anything to the computer. It can be invaluable for instant messaging at work or on a friend’s computer or a hotel computer, etc. If you can download Skype, I would go ahead and do that. IM+ is only a great alternative if downloading the real deal is not an option.
Other top options for free online instant messaging include Google Hangouts and Facebook Messenger. In this article, I give a review of both.
This is a great, safe way to use Skype online messenger when you don’t want to download anything to a computer. Have fun with it, and let us know by leaving a comment how your experience has been with it. Also, please always let us know if you have any questions or further suggestions!