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Hour 12. Tying Windows into the Web > Instant Messaging with MSN Messenger

Instant Messaging with MSN Messenger

One extremely popular aspect of the Internet that is growing in popularity all the time is instant messaging. Instant messaging is the ability for you to communicate with other instant messaging users. Windows XP supports MSN Messenger, Microsoft's version of instant messaging software. Microsoft is developing a complete Internet-based programming and user environment called .NET. Windows Messenger will be critical to using .NET when .NET is eventually released. Even if you don't plan to program computers, Microsoft tells the computer community that .NET will be integral to the way users use computers soon. Although the veil of .NET has not fully been lifted, you should get ready to use Messenger now so you'll have it when you need it.

You can access MSN Messenger from within Internet Explorer. As long as you and someone else are both signed up for a Microsoft Passport, a holder of contact information you supply so that Microsoft-based Web sites and services will know who you are, you can communicate with anybody in the world by typing messages back and forth. You just both have to be online at the same time. Even better than typing, you can actually talk to them as long as you have the proper hardware and a fast enough Internet connection speed.


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