Windows-Help.NET Newsletter 21 June 2003, Vol 6 No. 22

In this issue:

w   MSN Messenger 6 Public Preview
w   Featured Software: System Workshop
w   Recent Support BBS Postings
w   Web Site Updates
w   Administrivia

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MSN Messenger 6 Public Preview

by Arie Slob

Hello Windows users,

MSN Messenger 6 Public Preview Instant messaging (IM) got more spirited and savvy today with the worldwide availability of a public preview program for MSN® Messenger 6.

MSN Messenger 6, available beginning today from the Messenger Web site, helps users create their own online identities through customized display pictures, backgrounds and emoticons. They also can share more of themselves -- silly or serious -- with IM contacts by competing at live online games, sending photos to their friends, or sharing animated emoticons that breathe life into that sad old :). In addition, MSN Messenger 6 lets users connect in fresh, new ways -- via a webcam, a multitude of mobile devices or a Tablet PC -- while blocking spam and helping protect privacy.

"MSN Messenger 6 lets everyone create their own digital personality and play in a virtual playground with friends from around the block or around the world," said Yusuf Mehdi, corporate vice president for MSN. "Consumers told us they wanted a place to gather and have fun online, and we've delivered a hallmark example of MSN's commitment to delivering the best communication services for consumers worldwide."

MSN Messenger 6 also offers features that allow users to do the following:

  • Choose a personalized background from a wealth of options such as cartoons, sports or international locations; create their own background from favorite photos or logos; and share favorite background themes with IM contacts
  • Select customized display pictures of their favorite pet or celebrities or other pictures to represent themselves to contacts
  • Choose from more than 150 fonts and 16 colors of type to represent their personal style
  • Save favorite IM conversations to a personal hard drive with just one click via message logging1

1 Requires Microsoft® Internet Explorer 6

MSN Messenger 6 offers an innovative new service called Launch Site that lets users share more than verbal quips, LOLs and TTYLs. Launch Site offers interactive features that let users easily share their photos and other files, and play fast-paced games such as "Solitaire Showdown," "Bejeweled" or "Minesweeper Flags" on a gaming window next to the IM interface. Other activity-oriented features include the Decision Wheel, which lets users spin a wheel with a contact to answer important questions, such as what movie to see on the weekend. The site will be updated when new games and activities are available.

Minimum System Requirements:

  • Multimedia PC with 233MHz processor or faster (500MHz recommended)
  • Minimum 64MB of RAM (128MB recommended)
  • Up to 18MB of hard disk space needed to install after install, up to 6MB may be needed
  • 256-color VGA or higher resolution graphics card (SVGA recommended)
  • Minimum 800x600 screen resolution

Direct download links:

For screenshots, see the article on the Windows-Help.NET Web site.

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Recent Support BBS Postings

Selecting processes for start up - Windows XP
Drivers from Windows Update - Hardware
How Can I sign e-mail - Internet Explorer
Alternative Browser - Other Internet Software

Web Site Updates

These pages were added/updated in the past week. Information on previously updated/added pages is available on the What's New? page for 1 month.

Added: Protect ALL Your Equipment From Surges, Spikes or Lightning


Added: Remove Advertising from MSN Messenger 6
Added: Microsoft Offers Public Preview of MSN Messenger 6
Added: Microsoft Announces Producer For Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2003 Beta


Protect ALL Your Equipment From Surges, Spikes or Lightning

A useful alternative to system resource robbing Uninterruptible Power Supplies (UPS).

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Remove Advertising from MSN Messenger 6

If you downloaded the MSN Messenger 6 preview, you might want to remove the advertising that is placed at the bottom of the main messenger window.

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Microsoft Announces Producer For Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2003 Beta

This week, Microsoft announced the availability of the beta version of the new Microsoft® Producer for Microsoft Office PowerPoint® 2003 (Producer 2003). Producer 2003, a free add-on for PowerPoint 2003, adds a host of new features that make it faster and easier for everyday business users and content professionals to create engaging rich-media presentations by synchronizing audio, video, and PowerPoint slides and images.

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Free Software: Advanced Anti Keylogger

Advanced Anti Keylogger is powerful but easy to use anti-spy software to prohibit operation of any keyloggers currently in use or presently being developed anywhere. Once installed our anti-spy software will protect your privacy immediately and constantly.

It does not rely on a spyware database or requires updates, but rather intercepts any attempt to intercept or hook keyword activity. Since many programs use these techniques for perfectly legitimate functions (hotkeys, keyboard shortcuts etc.) it offers a rule based mode, that works similar to a firewall for your keyboard by prompting you each time a hook is detected; you have then the option to allow/always allow or deny the action.

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