How can I send messages to other computers?

Below are some of the various methods of sending text messages from one computer to another computer. All of the below methods of sending messages to other computers will require that the computer have network or Internet connectivity.

Instant messenger

An instant messenger software program is often the easiest method of sending messages to other users on a network or other users on the Internet. However, in order to send a text messages to other users, they must also have the same instant messenger program or an instant messenger that is compatible with the instant messenger program you're using.

In addition to being able to send text messages back and forth between users, you will often also have the ability to send files and pictures to users, or even talk to other users using a webcam or using voice communication.

  • See the instant messenger definition for further information about instant messengers as well as a listing of popular instant messenger programs.

Microsoft Windows net send and winpopup commands

Microsoft Windows users can send messages to other Microsoft Windows users on their network using the winpopup or net send commands.

  • Microsoft Windows 95 and Windows 98 users: see the winpopup definition for additional information about this Windows program.
  • All other Microsoft Windows users: see the net command page for additional information about the net command as well as the net send command.

Linux and Unix variants

Linux and Unix users can use one of the below commands to communicate with other users logged into the same network or server. Click on one of the below commands to get additional information about the command.

talk
write

Other methods of communicating

In addition to the above suggestions, users can also use any of the below methods of sending and receiving text communications between different users.

Chat
E-mail
Forums

Additional information