November 30, 2007

Google Added Smileys and Group Chat Feature to Gmail ChatGoogle added group chat feature to Gmail chat. This feature lets you chat with many friends at once. There's no limit to the number of people you can chat with, and any participant can invite others to join. To get started, follow these steps:

1. Start a chat with a single person in your Contacts list.
2. Once you've started the chat, click Options at the bottom left of your chat window and select Group Chat.
3. In the field labeled 'Add a person to this chat,' enter the name of the contact(s) you want to add to your group chat.

You can use the newly added emoticons by clicking blue smiley-face button at the right of the text-entry field.


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November 29, 2007

WLM RSS-Feed Plugin
WLM RSS-Feed Plugin allows you show a RSS Feed as your personal message on Windows Live Messenger.

You can register your self and add an existing RSS-Feed and put it on the "OpenFeed List". It's also possible to create an RSS-Feed where you add your own text.

Download Windows Live Messenger RSS-Feed Add-in

Learn How to install this add-in

Windows Live Messenger RSS-Feed Add-in Screenshot:

Windows Live Messenger RSS-Feed Add-in Windows Live Messenger RSS-Feed Add-in

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With WebCam Video Plugin for Miranda you will be able to show a picture of remote person. Additionally you can save video stream to AVI file. Plugin API functions allows you use web camera from other plugins.

WebCam Video Plugin for Miranda IM Features:

* User may select any video-source (web-camera, TV tuner etc).
* Video-chats can be automatically saved as regular .AVI files.
* Webcam picture is sent as a regular text messages, so WebCam Video will work well even behind firewalls. User will not see these text messages, of cause.
* Delay and block size may be changed.
* WebCam Video provides simple interface to web-camera. Developers may take snapshots in either bitmap or jpeg format.

Requirements:

· Miranda 3.3.0 or later
· Web Camera

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November 28, 2007

"Jajah, Jangl and Jaxtr have very similar-sounding names and what further adds to the confusion is that all of them are in the web-calling (VoIP) space each trying to make their presence strong on online social networks and at the same time, grab a piece of pie from big daddy Skype.

Jajah, Jaxtr and Jangle make it possible for you to receive calls without revealing your phone number. They all work with regular phones without the computer. They provide widgets allowing readers and friends to connect with you without leaving your website. And none of them will require you to download or install any software on your computer or phone.

So what are some unique features that makes each of these “Ja..” (fill in the blanks) service different? Let’s take a look:"
Continue reading : Jajah, Jaxtr, Jangl - How Are These Skype Alternatives Different ?

Posted by Amit @ Digital Inspiration

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Windows Live Messenger 9.0 BetaBen from Msgshit (See our previous post about Portable Windows Live Messenger Lite which is also hosted on this site) informed me about the leaked Windows Live Messenger 9.0 Beta version. You can download Windows Live Messenger Beta Build 9.0.1407.1107 directly from Msgshit.

Windows Live Messenger 9.0 Beta Features:

* Sign-in and messaging in multiple locations - You asked for it, now you have it! You can now sign into Messenger from more than one computer at a time, up to four at once. Simply sign into Messenger from one computer, install Messenger on another computer and sign in using the same account. (Only works if all computers are running Messenger 9.0 Beta. Currently enabled only for users whose Windows Live ID country is US or Canada.)

* Signature sounds Pick your own personal sound that your contacts will hear when you sign into Messenger (only works if you and your contacts have Messenger 9.0 Beta).

* Per contact sounds - Pick unique sounds for each of your contacts. You will be able to tell from across the room who is sending you a message.

* SPIM Reporting - If users send you unsolicited messages or invitations that you consider spam, you can block them and report them as spammers. If you report a user as a spammer, the messenger service will collect this data and put appropriate restrictions on the spammer accounts. All reports of spammers are kept confidential.

* Animated Display Pictures Show your moves! Messenger now supports animated .gif files as display pictures.

* Link in Personal Status Message URLs in Personal Status Messages are hot and clickable in the Messenger contact list.

* Behind the Scenes Changes Architectural changes that modified how things work but shouldnt have changed how things look

* Changes to sign-in, connectivity, presence, sending text IMs, voice & video features

* Windows Live Contacts Server wlcomm.exe runs in the background to keep your contacts information up-to-date and helps Messenger sign you in faster

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November 27, 2007

Windows Live Messenger LiteUpdate (11.9.2009): This version will not work anymore because Microsoft's server-side support for Windows Live Messenger 8.5 (2008) has been retired. You'll need to upgrade to Portable Windows Live Messenger 9.

Windows Live Messenger Lite is light version of the Microsoft's Windows Live Messenger.

WLM Lite allows you run Windows Live Messenger without installing, modifying the system, or unpacking anything, even as a guest user, or a computer with restricted access, with all functions enabled such as winks, animated backgrounds, packs, handwriting, etc.

Some WLM Lite Features:

# Portable, no installation needed.
# All advertisements (including webcam ads), search bar removed.
# Reduced file size to 16.0 MB by removing unneccessary files, cleaning registry scripts
# All cache files, custom emoticons, temporary files, program settings, etc. are all # stored in the WLM Lite folder off the directory where WLMLite is located
# Works with Windows XP Version 2002 or later, Windows Server 2003, Windows Vista

Windows Live Messenger Lite is released by Msgshit. Learn more about WLM Lite 8.5

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The new version is not always the best one. If you are looking an old version of Skype, here is a list of old versions of Skype starting from 1.2.0.41 to 3.6.0.159 Beta. All files are hosted on Filehippo.

Skype 3.6.0.159 Beta
Skype 3.6.0.127 Beta
Skype 3.5.0.239
Skype 3.5.0.234
Skype 3.5.0.229
Skype 3.5.0.214
Skype 3.5.0.202
Skype 3.5.0.178 Beta
Skype 3.5.0.158 Beta
Skype 3.5.0.107 Beta
Skype 3.2.0.175
Skype 3.2.0.163
Skype 3.2.0.158
Skype 3.2.0.152
Skype 3.2.0.148
Skype 3.2.0.145
Skype 3.2.0.115 Beta
Skype 3.2.0.82 Beta
Skype 3.2.0.63 Beta
Skype 3.2.0.53 Beta
Skype 3.1.0.152
Skype 3.1.0.150
Skype 3.1.0.147
Skype 3.1.0.144
Skype 3.1.0.134 Beta
Skype 3.1.0.112 Beta
Skype 3.0.0.218
Skype 3.0.0.217
Skype 3.0.0.216
Skype 3.0.0.214
Skype 3.0.0.209
Skype 3.0.0.205
Skype 3.0.0.198
Skype 3.0.0.190
Skype 3.0.0.154 Beta
Skype 3.0.0.137 Beta
Skype 3.0.0.106 Beta
Skype 2.6.0.105 Beta
Skype 2.6.0.103 Beta
Skype 2.6.0.97 Beta
Skype 2.6.0.81 Beta
Skype 2.6.0.74 Beta
Skype 2.6.0.67 Beta
Skype 2.6.0.53 Preview
Skype 2.6.0.44 Preview
Skype 2.5.0.154
Skype 2.5.0.151
Skype 2.5.0.146
Skype 2.5.0.141
Skype 2.5.0.137
Skype 2.5.0.130
Skype 2.5.0.126
Skype 2.5.0.122
Skype 2.5.0.113
Skype 2.5.0.91 Beta
Skype 2.5.0.82 Beta
Skype 2.5.0.72 Beta
Skype 2.0.0.107
Skype 2.0.0.105
Skype 2.0.0.103
Skype 2.0.0.97
Skype 2.0.0.90
Skype 2.0.0.81
Skype 2.0.0.79
Skype 2.0.0.76
Skype 2.0.0.73
Skype 2.0.0.69
Skype 2.0.0.63 Beta
Skype 2.0.0.43 Beta
Skype 1.4.0.84
Skype 1.4.0.78
Skype 1.4.0.71
Skype 1.3.0.67
Skype 1.3.0.66
Skype 1.3.0.65
Skype 1.3.0.60
Skype 1.3.0.57
Skype 1.3.0.55
Skype 1.3.0.54
Skype 1.3.0.51
Skype 1.3.0.48
Skype 1.3.0.45
Skype 1.2.0.48
Skype 1.2.0.41

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November 26, 2007

Ogo is a mobile device which allows you connect with contacts on your ICQ or MSN Instant Messenger lists.

Ogo lets you IM your friends, family, colleagues and more with all the fun and features you're used to on your PC. Additionally you can add emoticons, alterticons, sounds and more.

With Ogo, you can keep the conversation rolling while you're on the go. Ogo's finger friendly full-featured keyboard makes it fast, efficient and easy.

Learn more about Ogo

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"Many IM users are spending time instant messaging from their cell phones, according to the second annual AP-AOL Instant Messaging Trends Survey.

The survey, which examined instant messaging trends and usage habits among 1,246 IM users, revealed that 25 percent of respondents send IMs from their cell phones, including one in three (32 percent) teens.

The proliferation of cell phones with full keyboards has made it easier to send mobile instant messages. All of the major instant messaging services also let users have their instant messages forwarded directly to their cell phones when they're on-the-go. In addition, IM users are instant messaging from within their social networking profiles..."
Continue reading : AP-AOL Instant Messaging Trends Survey: Email is Dead

Posted by Jeff @ BigBlueBall Forums

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November 25, 2007

"German police are unable to decipher the encryption used in the Internet telephone software Skype to monitor calls by suspected criminals and terrorists, Germany's top police officer said on Thursday.
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"The encryption with Skype telephone software ... creates grave difficulties for us," Joerg Ziercke, president of Germany's Federal Police Office (BKA) told reporters at an annual gathering of security and law enforcement officials.

"We can't decipher it. That's why we're talking about source telecommunication surveillance -- that is, getting to the source before encryption or after it's been decrypted."..."
Continue readimg : Skype encryption stumps German police

Posted by Louis Charbonneau @ Yahoo News

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November 24, 2007

Google Talk
Google Talk is now avaliable in 20 languages : English, Simplified and Traditional Chinese, Danish, Dutch, British English, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese (Brazil), Russian, Spanish language, Swedish, Thai, Turkish and Vietnamese.

To use Google Talk in your mother language, visit the Google Talk home page and choose your language from drop-down menu in the top right corner of the page. Now the page will translated to your language.

via Techblogy

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November 23, 2007

Chat Controller gives parents the power they need to take control of their children's instant messaging.

By using advanced detection techniques Chat Controller will effectively block all popular instant messengers.

With Chat Chat Controller you can block the following clients : AOL Instant Messenger, AIM Triton, Gaim, Google Talk, ICQ, Miranda IM, MSN Messenger, Skype, Trillian, Windows Messenger, Yahoo! Messenger.

Chat Controller Features:

* Create rules that determine when chatting is not allowed.
* Can have different and multiple rules for each user of the computer.
* Instant Messenger Audit tool scans your computer for all the popular instant messaging programs so you know what programs are on your computer.
* Chat Controller is secure - runs as a Windows Service and only administrators have access to Chat Controller.
* Can automatically synchronize your computer's clock with the atomic clock.

Chat Controller Screenshots:

Chat Controller Chat Controller

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November 22, 2007

Messenger Plus! LiveWLMWebStatus is a Messenger Plus! Live script. It allow you display your MSN/Windows Live Messenger Status, your display picture or the music you are currently listening to, on your home page.

WLMWebStatus Features:

* automatically refreshing web image
* Select one of 28 available styles, or use different ones in different locations
* Mail me to get an individual style
* Image contains your nick,
* your status (e.g. Busy),
* your personal status message or the song you're currently listening to,
* your display picture (uploaded automatically)
* the date and time you've last updated your status
* and your messenger email address.

WLMWebStatus Screenshot:

WLMWebStatus

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November 21, 2007

Flash Video ChatFlash Video Chat is an easy installed and operated chatting tool. It helps you build your real-time video community. It is easy to be customized and personalized for its database integration & multi-servers support features.

Within a few steps, Flash Video Chat can be expanded to online conference system, dating community, or session meetings.

Flash Video Chat Features:

· Real-time Video/Audio
Camera support & open to all the people in the room

· Customized Window Size
Chat window size can be customized as use's need. So does the private chat window and the message inputting area

· Real-time Doodle
Not only words but also drawings in the chat room

· Chat Community
Message s sending and receiving. New chat rooms could be set up on different subjects

· Skin Change and Customization
You can change the Chat skin as you like whenever needed

· Database Integration
User management and chat history can be integrated with your own database including PHP and ASP.net interface

· One-to-one Private Video/Audio Chat
Users can chat with each other privately with video/audio function in the private chat window.

Flash Video Chat Screenshots:

Flash Video Chat Flash Video Chat

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Google Talk Themes
Google Talk Themes
Google Talk Themes

Mostly Bollywood Celebrities. Visit Google Talk Themes to download.

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November 20, 2007


Web-based multi-protocol IM client Meebo now allows you video chat with up to five buddies from any instant messaging network through TokBox. As with their regular video chat, you log in, open a chat window, hit the "rocket ship" icon and choose the "Group Video Chat" option.

"Sequoia backed Tokbox, a video chat service that does not require any software downloads, is now allowing up to six simultaneous participants. Skype video, by contrast, only allows two participants, and it requires that all users be using the Skype software.
For now TokBox is only launching this feature via their Meebo integration - this also means all participants can simultaneously text chat during the session as well..."
Continue reading : Now Up To Six Simultaneous Users On TokBox Video Chat

via TechCrunch

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Skype API Plugin allows you chat with your Skype buddies inside Pidgin.

It requires Skype to be running as it uses the Skype API to communicate with a running copy of Skype.

Skype API Plugin currently works with Windows, Linux and OS X.

Learn more about Skype API Plugin

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November 19, 2007

Windows Live Web Messenger BetaMSN team released a new beta version of Windows Live Webmessenger.

Windows Live Webmessenger is the official web based version of Windows Live Messenger. It allows you chat with your MSN buddies on your browser withour downloading any chat client.

This new version has the following features:

# Easily change your display name or personal message.
# Have lots of different conversations at the same time.
# Your Messenger contacts are already loaded.
# You can also connect with your Yahoo! IM contacts.

Try Windows Live Web Messenger Beta

via messenger.es

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Supertintin is a recorder for Skype and Windows Live Messenger. It records both audio and video streams. It's very easy to use and seamlessly integrated with Skype and (MSN) Windows Live Messenger.

Unlike the common screen recorders, Supertintin records original video stream directly without any data loss.

Supertintin Webcam Recorder Features:

· Both Audio and Video: Record both audio and video streams.

· Convenience: Very easy to record and playback.

· Quality: Supertintin records by capturing original media data while making sure there is no data loss. Because it is not a screen-capture recorder, video quality is not affected at all if you open, close, resize messenger windows while recording.

Supertintin Webcam Recorder Screenshot:



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"Skype is the world’s number one internet calling service, but you can do much more with it than just make cheap calls. We reveal all here

1. Run multiple Skype accounts

If you have Windows XP Pro, you can create and run more than one copy of Skype on your computer. This lets you switch between accounts, or even chat to yourself. To do this you will need at least one other Windows account (go to Start, Control Panel, User Accounts). Load Skype as normal, then right-click the Skype shortcut and select Run As: Enter the user name and password of the other account and a second version of Skype will load..."
Continue reading : Top 10 Skype Secrets

Posted @ Linux Blog Online

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November 18, 2007

SmartButlerSmartButler enables you to listen to your incoming messages without reading them and to recognize your online friends by their voices. It uses Microsoft Agent and Speech technologies to read incoming ICQ, MSN Messenger, Yahoo! Messenger and AOL Instant Messenger messages audibly.

SmartButler can read messages from users with different voices and languages, using different speed, volume and tone settings set up for each individual user. It also understands slang and idioms, will let you know when you have new mail, and can read the clipboard automatically.

SmartButler Screenshots:



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November 17, 2007

"Instant messaging is a great way to avoid embarrassing face-to-face confrontations for teens. More than four in 10, or 43 percent, of U.S. teens who instant message use it for things they wouldn't say in person, according to an Associated Press-AOL poll released Thursday.

Twenty-two percent use IMs to ask people out on dates or accept them, and 13 percent use them to break up..."
Continue reading : US teens use IM for things they wouldn't say in person

Posted by Dinka @ Huliq

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November 16, 2007



These skins are for Windows Live Messengers 8.5 only. Download Skins from Amoga Webmania.

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November 15, 2007

"The best way to be productive with instant messaging (or chat)? Don’t do it.

Seriously, IM can take up your entire day if you let it. Those who stay away from it can get a lot more done.

However, if done right, IM can be a great tool for connecting with others, networking, getting things done quickly, and being productive. I’ve been experimenting with different methods recently, and I’d like to share some of the best tips..."
Continue reading : 17 Tips to Be Productive with Instant Messaging

Posted by Leo Babauta @ Web Worker Daily

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Verballs
The Verball family is taking Skype chatting by storm. These ludicrous critters act as your microphone and speaker for making free Skype calls from your computer. They have in-built speakers and microphones and get this, their mouths move when the person you're calling speaks.

As well as rabbiting along with your caller, they waggle their comedy hands and will play your MP3s through their inbuilt speaker. Once you've made your Verball feel at home on your desktop , you can visit the Verball site and pick free ring tones to play through your new pal and even get them to speak your chosen text.

Verballs Features:

# Quirky, furry characters to liven up your Skype calls.
# Each Verball has an inbuilt speaker and handsfree microphone so you can communicate with your friends using Skype.
# The Verballs mouths move when they are relaying your friends' conversations, and they wiggle their comedy hands around too.
# The in-built speaker will play your MP3 tracks.
# By visiting www.verballs.com you can download free ringtones for your Verball and even the software to get your character to vocalise your Instant Messages.
# Three quirky Verball characters to choose from; Slick the business tycoon, Mr V the DJ maestro and Baby the foxy model.
# Requires a USB port and internet connection.
# Compatible with Windows 2000 or XP.

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November 14, 2007

Chat With Your Yahoo and Windows Live Messenger Buddies on Google Talk"Yahoo! Messenger and MSN (Windows Live) Messenger users can chat with each other easily without changing clients. Similarly, Google is working with AOL to allow users of Google Talk connect with their AIM buddies.

Now consider a completely different scenario - how do Google Talk users talk to their friends who are using Windows Live or Yahoo! Messenger ?"
Continue reading : Connect Google Talk With Yahoo! or Windows Live Messenger

Posted by Amit @ Digital Inspiration

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Web-based multi-protocol instant messaging client imo.im have now webcam feature.

imo.im supports MSN, Yahoo, AOL and Google Talk networks. Now you are able to video chat on all networks. Video chat allows you to communicate with your friends through video and audio. There are absolutely no downloads necessary, as this is all web-based.

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November 13, 2007

You probably know how to view your facebook friends as a grid. Click Friends on the Facebook menu and select the drop-down box and click the list separator (---). Now you have a collage of all your facebook friends :



Or you can optionally click Friends and add the word grid to end of the url at the address bar:

http://www.facebook.com/friends.php?grid



If you play with this url, you can view your online friends in a collage.

Add &online after grid :

http://www.facebook.com/friends.php?grid&online




You can view all of your group or network friends in a collage by putting grid& between friends.php? and related id :

http://www.facebook.com/friends.php?grid&ca=3
(Recently added)


http://www.facebook.com/friends.php?grid&nt=1
(College friends)


http://www.facebook.com/friends.php?grid&lt=128
(Family members)


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"On2 Technologies , a leader in video compression solutions, announced today that a new version of its TrueMotion VP7 video compression is used in Skype(TM) 3.6 for Windows to help deliver High Quality Video calling to Skype users.
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The VP7 update helps Skype users experience sharper and smoother video calls in a bigger call window. The updated video technology needs significantly lower bandwidth and processing power than is normally required for comparable video quality..."
Continue reading : On2 Technologies Helps Provide High Quality Video for Skype

via CNNMoney

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Adium is a free instant messaging application for Mac OS X that can connect to AIM, MSN, Jabber, Yahoo, and more.

MeBeam Plugin allows you integrate audio and video into Adium. When you want to videochat with someone, ctrl-click (or right-click) them and choose "Initiate MeBeam Videochat".

MeBeam Features:

* Cross-platform
* Cross-service
* No installation necessary on the invitee side, except for some IM client, a web browser and the Flash plugin
* Up to 15 people in a multiuser-videochat, not required to use the same IM network
* Fewer issues with firewalls than other solutions

via Lifehacker

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November 12, 2007

Use Skype as a Security Camera

November 12, 2007

"This is not a new idea by any means. I first read about this concept in an eBay blog a year or two ago but I can’t for the life of me find the post again (even my search buddy, Mr Google, came up empty). So since I really like this concept, I want to talk about it again. I have done this before when I was away from home and it worked perfectly. It basically involves using Skype as a security camera to check your home from another location..."
Continue reading : How To Use Skype as a Covert Snooper

Posted by Mark O'Neill @ makeusof

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Answer Machine Plus is a Messenger Plus! Live script which allows you to setup messages to autoreply to, or execute / Plus! commands. Messages can be set to work only for you, your contact, or both.

There are also several types of options for matching. Fragments(Word or part of word), Word, Sentence, or RegEx. Other options include case sensitivity, multiple matches, or multiline matches. You can enable/disable items through checkmarks next to it. Optional ability to have sequential replies or random replies with the use of a | (pipe). Has status dependancy so you may pick which statuses you want to reply on.

How to use this script:
- Make sure you have Live Messenger and Messenger Plus! Live installed.
- Download the script, open it, accept the warning and press Import.
- Click on the Messenger Plus! logo in your contactlist.
- Click on Answering Machine Plus, and select Configure Answers.

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November 11, 2007

Skype Email Toolbar for Outlook allows you bring all your Skype and email contacts together in one handy place. You can make Skype calls to people who have emailed you and even call those not using Skype with SkypeOut.

Skype Outlook Toolbar Features:

* Call Skype Names and phone numbers written in emails
* See when your contacts are online
* Start instant messaging in follow up to emails
* Add a Skype Button to your email signature, so other people can just click to call you



Skype Office Toolbar allows you place calls and send the file you are currently working on via Skype. The toolbar recognizes phone numbers within your document and lets you call them using SkypeOut or send SMS messages.

Skype Office Toolbar Features:

* Start calls to Skype Names and phone numbers written within MS Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents.
* See when the author of a document is online and communicate with them.
* Send the file you are currently working on to Skype Contacts.
* Turn phone numbers into links within your document.


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November 10, 2007

7 Bad Chatting Habits

November 10, 2007

"I heart instant messaging, but I heart it too much. If you’re a chat addict like me, you understand the lure. It’s convenient, connecting you to faraway buddies with little cost. It’s safe, releasing you from the worry of looking pretty or sounding sexy. And its deliciously fun. How can you not love video effects, screensharing, and presentation-hosting in Leopard’s iChat?

Despite the benefits, instant messaging can turn you into a mindless chat drone. Too much chatting replaces real interactions and, soon, people turn into pixels.

To bring richer conversations back into your life, here are 7 bad chatting habits to stop right now. I’ve formatted them as a “not-to-do” list:"
Continue reading : The 7 deadly sins of instant messaging

Posted by Chanpory @ 43 Folders

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November 09, 2007



If you want to add an embedded version of Window Live Messenger like above, first you should go to your web based Windows Live Messenger settings and enable anonymous status indication . Secondly, visit this URL and paste the generated code on your website template. This web based version of Live Messenger will show your status and allow your visitors directly contact you.

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