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Microsoft Surface: Visual QuickStart Guide by Joni Blecher

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6. Messaging

Messaging is the instant messaging (IM) application for the Surface tablet. Think of it as Windows Live Messenger but with the ability to chat with people through Facebook. As of this writing, other IM clients—such as AOL, Google Talk, or Yahoo—are not supported, so you’ll only be using Messaging for Facebook chats or Windows Live Messenger.

Although the look and feel is similar to the Messaging app on Windows Phone, there are some differences. Most notably, you can’t use Messaging to send text messages or multimedia messages. The app supports threading, so you can view an entire IM session.

Messaging Accounts

When you open Messaging, you’re ...

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