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2. Software Annoyances > INSTANT MESSENGER ANNOYANCES

INSTANT MESSENGER ANNOYANCES

USE MESSENGER TO CHAT ACROSS THE NETWORK

The Annoyance:

Our network is spread across three floors. Can we take advantage of the connections to send messages to each other?

The Fix:

You have several ways of using the computers for communication, but if everyone is always connected to the Internet, the easiest solution is Messenger from Microsoft. The program comes with Windows XP, and you can download it from Microsoft for Windows 98 and later.

Microsoft has two Messenger software applications available for download. Windows Messenger runs on Windows 2000/XP, while MSN Messenger runs on earlier versions of Windows. You can chat with another user (see Figure 2-20), or even multiple other users, because you’re not limited to just one other person in your conversation. Messenger also provides file transfer capabilities between users; two users can share a software window and discuss its contents in the chat window or by drawing directly on the window.


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