Instant messaging (IM) programs allow for communication over the internet. Many
IM programs have built in webcam and audio features that allow for a personal
"face to face" conversation.
aimed toward the home user. With
MSN Messenger you can chat online via text, voice, or video, in real time with
your friends, family or colleagues. Instant conversations are just the
beginning, you can also send files and photos, play games, let your friends see
what you're listening to, and personalize your display picture, pick your own
background, and more.
use of the software is for
Instant messaging typically boosts communication and
allows easy collaboration. In contrast to e-mails or phone, the parties know
whether the peer is available. The user is allowed to set an online status or
away message so peers get notified whenever the user is available, busy, or away
from the computer. On the other hand, people are not forced to reply immediately
to incoming messages. This way, communication via instant messaging can be less
intrusive than communication via phone.
Messenger allows messages to be enlivened with graphical
animations called winks, animated display pictures, and styled text.