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Windows Messenger

Instant messaging is the new email: it’s a trendy but useful tool that lets you chat with other people instantly. Windows XP boasts its own built-in instant messaging program called Windows Messenger. Here are hints on how to make the most of this cool program.

Are You Using Windows Messenger or MSN Messenger?

Windows Messenger and MSN Messenger are both instant messaging programs from Microsoft. They look alike and work similarly, but they’re not the same program. The main difference: Windows Messenger is built into Windows XP (you can run it by choosing Start All Programs Windows Messenger) and MSN Messenger isn’t (you have to download it from the Microsoft Network at


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