Dear Windows-Help.NET Subscriber,
Microsoft finally launched an instant messaging client to its list of Web-based services. The new client is called MSN Messenger Service (MSN MS), and is Microsoft's competing product to AOL's Instant Messenger and (AOL's) Mirabilis ICQ.
When you use MSN MS, you can not only communicate with other MSN MS users, but also with AOL IM users! MSN MS is also integrated with Hotmail, so you will be notified if you receive new messages in your Hotmail account!
There is only a Windows client at the moment, although a Macintosh version will be made available in the near future. Currently MSN MS lacks the ability to send files to others, although Microsoft has stated this feature will be added in upcoming releases.
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Windows 98 SE
Windows 98 Second Edition has been available for a month and a half now. Billed as a bug fix (with some extra new features), it was supposed to squash some bugs in the original Windows 98.
This might well have succeeded, only Windows 98 SE introduced a couple of (nasty) bugs of its own!
The most wide spread bug is the "shut down" bug. A lot of people are having problems getting Windows 98 SE to shut down properly. Problems range from Windows "hanging" at the "Windows is shutting down...." screen, to extremely slow (3 minutes or more) shut downs.
The original Windows 98 introduced a new feature called fast shutdown, OK, there were a few people who had problems with this (mainly older hardware), but once fast shutdown was disabled, the systems would shut down properly in almost all cases.
So Microsoft went tinkering with it! And how! Fast shutdown is now disabled by default in Windows 98 SE. Still a lot of people have problems shutting down. You have no problems? Then try this: Select Start > Run and in the Open: box type msconfig, press OK. In msconfig, press the Advanced button (on the General tab) and remove the check-mark from Disable fast shutdown. You will be prompted to restart your system, once you've done that, try to shut down your PC! I would guess that 75% of PC's will actually reboot, and go straight back in to Windows 98. Talk about a bug! You'd think that if you have some fairly recent hardware, fast shutdown should actually work, especially if it was working fine in the original Windows 98, before you upgraded to Windows 98 SE.
According to the rumors Microsoft is aware of the problem, and working on a fix....
I'd like to know, how many of you experience problems once you enable fast shutdown? Come to the Windows 98 Web site, and fill in the QuickPoll. You can check the survey results on the same page!
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