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Using Microsoft Agent

  • By Karl Moore
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They're annoying, ship with a dozen ear-piercing sound effects and crop up at the most inconvenient times yet are still billed as the 'help file of the future'.

I'm talking about the Office animated assistants, including that oh-so-popular Paperclip.

And now, thanks to a series of free Microsoft downloads, you too can add such functionality (however irritating) direct to your own Visual Basic applications!

In this article, we'll be skimming over all the main features of the 'Microsoft Agent', plus present you with a big bag of sneaky code snippets - allowing you to start colourfully bugging your users in no time.

Oh deary, what a refreshing change...

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This article was originally published on November 20, 2002

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