Hi Chris,

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are you? I want to know how we can send short messages instantly to other people in the same Local Area Network. I believe this would be very useful when we are very busy with the work.Thank you,

Dear Venkat,
I'm doing great - thanks!

LAN popup messages are a neat feature to have in your Windows LAN. Older Windows versions like Windows 95 and 98 included such a tool called Winpopup.exe and was usually located in the directory that contained the Windows installation e.g. C:\windows. I have not been able to find it though on Windows XP and I am not sure if it exists on Windows 2000, but don't worry since there are plenty of tools out there that will do the job.

I've located a few for you at the following URL: http://www.networkingfiles.com/Communications/communications7.htm
The page contains a variety of messaging clients and most of them are freeware!

Do you have more questions about networking, VPN security or VoIP? Then visit Firewall.cx, one of the few websites recommended by Cisco Systems in its world class Cisco Academy program.

This was first published in June 2003

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