As mentioned in the introduction to this chapter, you can use Windows Live Messenger in addition to or in place of the Messaging app. The following sections of the chapter explain how to download, install, and use some of the basic features of Windows Live Messenger.
As mentioned earlier, Windows Live Messenger is not included with Windows 8. Instead, it is available as a download from the Microsoft Live website. Before you download it, first check to see whether it is already on your computer. The easiest way to see if the app is already on your device is to open the Start screen and then type Windows Live to start a search. If Messenger is installed, you’ll see it listed in the search results and you can then pin it to the Start screen (if not already there), pin it to the taskbar, or just start it. If Messenger doesn’t show up, you need to add it. Doing so is easy: