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Communicating with Voice

If you and one of your friends have computers outfitted with a sound card, speakers, and a microphone, you can converse over your LAN or Internet connection.

Now, before you get too excited about this, take note that AT&T and the other telephone carriers haven't sued Microsoft over this intrusion into their territory. Why? Internet voice chat isn't quite up to telephone quality standards. Over a dial-up Internet connection, you may find that the sound is choppy, that you miss phrases, or that the sound connection doesn't work at all. Over a high-speed Internet connection, it's better, but still far from perfect. Still, it's free (well, you're paying for your Internet connection, but using Messenger doesn't cost any more), and when it works, it's fun. On a corporate network or office LAN, the quality can actually be very good.


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