Besides file and printer sharing, Windows XP provides many other network services. You might never interact with some of these services directly, but their presence makes Windows the amazing application platform it is.
Let's take a short tour of Windows network services. I'll describe what each service is, why it's useful, perhaps a bit about how it works, and I'll tell you where to find out how to install, configure, or use it, if appropriate.
Networking software was developed to share and transfer files between computers (America Online Instant Messenger came later, if you can believe that). Windows XP comes with the following features:
Client for Microsoft Networks, which gives access ...