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Chapter 11. Communicating via Instant Messaging: Nokia Communicator

Instant messaging is the ability to instantly communicate with someone over the Internet via voice or text. It differs from traditional email in that instant messaging operates in real time and you can actually see when your friends are online. There is no waiting for a response, because if your friends or colleagues are online, they will be instantly notified of your message and will be able to reply right back to you.

Some of the types of instant messaging available include the Short Message Service (SMS), which is the instant messaging protocol of choice for wireless devices, and proprietary instant-messaging protocols from companies such as AOL, Yahoo!, and Microsoft. These proprietary messaging protocols typically operate between desktop computers and require the installation of client-side software on the PC. The service offerings for these three vendors are named AOL Instant Messenger, MSN Messenger, and Yahoo! Messenger, respectively. These offerings include functionality for seeing who’s online and exchanging messages, making worldwide phone calls over the Internet, carrying out voice conversations using your PC’s microphone and speakers, paging your friends on their cell phones and pagers, and participating in chat rooms. These computer-based services also let you know how many new emails you have and may even allow you to share files such as pictures or digital music and to invite your friends to play online games.


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