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Chapter 15. Chatting Online with Windows Messenger

Chapter 15. Chatting Online with Windows Messenger

Windows Messenger (formerly MSN Messenger) is instant gratification for those of us impatient with email’s delays. Messenger lets you chat privately with other people on the Internet—one or several at a time—by typing live comments in a small window. This communications channel, called instant messaging, is also the idea behind AOL Instant Messenger (AIM), Yahoo Messenger, and ICQ. Unfortunately, whoever you want to chat with must use the same messaging system that you do, so if you chat with a lot of friends, it’s not unusual to have two or three of these programs on your computer. In fact, the shareware program Trillian (www.ceruleanstudios.com) exists solely to help you run several of these at the same time.

Like Internet Explorer, Messenger is closely tied to Windows, so it’s powerful and versatile. Besides chatting (or even while you’re chatting), you can monitor your email, send files, have a teleconference, make free voice calls, or work collaboratively with a whiteboard program.


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