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Receiving Alerts and Notifications: Microsoft .NET Alerts 38 The benefit of a service such as Microsoft .NET Alerts is that it can help you to simplify your man- agement of alerts and notifications via a single, centralized Web site. Instead of having tens of different Web sites to log in to (most likely using different usernames and passwords, and having to enter and update preferences for each and every Web site), you can maintain these preferences at a single site. Your preferences can include a list of your wireless and desktop devices and a routing order of how you wish to be notified based upon your status. For example, if you are online on your desktop, you may well wish to receive alerts via an instant messenger product such as MSN Messenger. Con- versely, if your instant messaging status is offline, you may wish to receive alerts via your regular email inbox. Features and Considerations One of the key considerations when setting up alerts is to get the number of types of alerts and the frequency of these alerts configured to a manageable level. Too few alerts may cause you to miss critical updates, and too many alerts may cause you to be bombarded with less critical information. If you receive too many alerts, you may also find that your wireless phone bill is affected. For ex- ample, receiving daily weather notifications or infrequent but large messages can add to your data charges on devices such as RIM pagers. You'll probably find you're paying a fee per kB of data transferred, so watching the size of the alerts and their frequency can help you balance their benefits versus their costs. Contact Information Microsoft .NET Alerts, Home Page, www.microsoft.com/netservices/alerts/default.asp Microsoft .NET Alerts, Login Page, http://alerts.microsoft.com/Alerts/Default.aspx [http:// www.alerts.microsoft.com/Alerts/Default.aspx]