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Part III: Windows Online > Web, Chat, and Videoconferencing

11. Web, Chat, and Videoconferencing

Microsoft has gone to great lengths to integrate the Internet into every nook and cranny of Windows XP. Links and buttons that spur your modem into a dialing frenzy are everywhere: on the Help screens, in the Search window, and even in the "Send error report to Microsoft?" dialog boxes that appear after program crashes. Once you've got your Internet connection working (Chapter 9), you may find that it's easier to go online than it is not to.

The Internet offers dozens of different features, most of them graced with such unhelpful, invented-by-government-scientists-in-the-sixties names as FTP, Telnet, Gopher, and so on. But a few of the most popular Internet services are both easy to understand and easy to use: the World Wide Web, email, online chatting, video-conferencing, and free phone calls.


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