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10. Applications > 97. Go Beyond Messaging with Windows Messenger

Go Beyond Messaging with Windows Messenger

Share a common whiteboard, where you can collaborate on work in real time over the Internet, and get alerts delivered to your desktop with Microsoft’s instant messaging tool.

Windows Messenger can do far more than merely let you chat with other people. Hidden inside it are powerful collaboration tools for working with others over the Internet, as well as the ability to get automated alerts delivered to your desktop.

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Don’t confuse the instant messaging program Windows Messenger with the XP Messenger Service, which is used to send notifications over local area networks—for example, when a network administrator wants to notify network users that a server is about to go down. They’re completely separate programs with different purposes. The XP Messenger Service has been used by spammers as a backdoor way of sending spam pop ups. To see how to turn the XP Messenger Service off so that you don’t get spam, see [Hack #34] .


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