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Chapter 15. Chatting Online with Windows Messenger

15. Chatting Online with Windows Messenger

Windows Messenger (formerly MSN Messenger) is instant gratification for those of you impatient with email 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, also is 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 (free; www.ceruleanstudios.com) helps you run several of these at the same time.

Besides chatting or even while you’re chatting, you can monitor your email, exchange files, have a teleconference, make free voice calls, or work collaboratively with a whiteboard program.


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