Messenger & SP2 changes, Informational


Stephen Harris

I found this explantion of changes to Messenger due to SP2 and the
webpage has a more detailed explanation.
What does Windows Messenger do?
Windows Messenger is an instant messaging program that lets you communicate
in real time with other people who use Windows Messenger or MSN Messenger.

With Windows Messenger you can:

. Create a contact list of your friends, family, and coworkers who
also use Messenger.

. See when your contacts are signed into Windows Messenger and

. Send text messages back and forth with your contacts.

. Call a phone almost anywhere in the world for a very low rate-and
use your microphone or headset to talk.

. Call a contact's computer for free and see each other while you

. Send pictures, music, or documents to your contacts.

. Link directly to the e-mail inbox of your default e-mail program.

. Invite someone to play a game, look at a program on your computer,
or use a whiteboard together.

. Use Remote Assistance to allow someone to help you with your

. Receive up-to-the-minute information using Microsoft .NET Alerts.

Who does this feature apply to?
All Windows Messenger users should be aware of the changes made to this
feature in Windows XP Service Pack 2.

What new functionality is added to this feature in Windows XP Service Pack
The following features have been added to Windows Messenger in Windows XP
Service Pack 2:

. Block unsafe file transfers

. Require user display name

. Windows Messenger and Windows Firewall


It seems that, like Windows Firewall, Windows Messenger is a
REQUIRED installation with SP2.

I had WM uninstalled. Windows Config box for WM was unchecked.

SP2 installed, and activated, WM anyway. :(

Jonathan Kay [MVP]

Greetings Walt,

Yes, Windows Messenger "comes" with SP2 by default (regardless if you've uninstalled it in
the past).
Jonathan Kay
Microsoft MVP - Windows Messenger/MSN Messenger
Associate Expert
Messenger Resources -
All posts unless otherwise specified are (c) 2004 Jonathan Kay.
You *must* contact me for redistribution rights.

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