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Chapter 20. Using Windows NT with the In... > Using Software with the Internet

Using Software with the Internet

After all the configuration work you went through to get onto the Internet, it may seem that getting connected was the goal. But the real power of the Internet lies not in the connection, but in what you do after you are there. Windows NT includes a few Internet applications (if you don't like this software, you can find freeware or commercial software for your Internet applications):

  • Telnet is a Windows NT-based program you use to log on to Internet sites as if your computer were a terminal connected to that computer. This version of Telnet is almost identical to the shareware version available at many sites on the Net; it is minimalist but has a good help file.

  • FTP is a command-line program, not for the faint of heart, used to download files from remote computers connected to the Internet. A very good freeware Windows-based program is WS_FTP, copyright by John A. Junod, available from your Internet provider or at many FTP sites.

  • A World Wide Web Browser enables you to cruise quickly around Web sites on the Internet. The top Web browsers are Microsoft's Internet Explorer and Netscape's Navigator. You also need so-called helper programs that enable you to view downloaded graphics and play sound files linked to many Web pages. In some cases, these applications are included with your Web browser. Internet Explorer is included with Windows NT and is covered in Chapter 21, "Using Internet Explorer, Mail, and News."

  • An e-mail tool helps you read mail you receive across the Internet, as well as send and reply to messages. Windows NT provides an e-mail program for the Internet in its Exchange client. Like Internet Explorer, Exchange provides the standard amenities of any e-mail program but with the advantage of its integration into the operating system.

  • Other top e-mail programs are Eudora, by Qualcomm, available as both a shareware and a commercial program; OS Mail, from Open Systems; and Z-Mail, from Network Computing Devices, Inc. Lastly, a new program, Internet Mail, is included with Windows NT. Differing from Exchange, Internet Mail focuses only on Internet mail; it has no links to other mail providers. Internet Mail is covered in Chapter 21.

  • A newsreader is a tool you use with UseNet newsgroups. Trumpet News Reader is a freeware version, as is WinVN, by Mark Riordan. Also available are NewsXpress and Free Agent. Lastly, a new product, Internet News from Microsoft, is available free with Windows NT. Internet News is covered in Chapter 21.



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