Created by the University of Washington
and Microsoft. Although the project is discontinued we still think
this is an amazing piece of software. To learn about the
development process take a look at the white paper: http://grail.cs.washington.edu/pub/papers/comics.pdf
The initial download
contains about 12 characters, to find tons more you can use ChatCheck
software from SQIZ
(visit to find out more). Here are a
couple of our favourites (if you have Microsoft Chat - click to
adventurous or slightly artistic among you can create their own
characters using a natty piece of software called the Microsoft
Chat Character Editor. This
will NOT work on XP/2000 and has not been tested on NT! The
characters generated by the software will however work on any
machine running Microsoft Chat. Users simply need to auto-enable
"Character Downloads" in the "Settings" option
of Microsoft Chat to see your creations (read the documentation).
Extremely limited information for
Microsoft Chat is available at their website: Microsoft
and Installing Microsoft Chat
The file you need to
download is 1.8 MB and is called MSCHAT25.EXE. It is
completely free and runs on Windows 95/98/NT/2000/XP
here for a printable version of these instructions
download and install instructions for Microsoft Chat
- Click on the Download
Now image above
- A dialog box will
pop up asking you where to save the mschat25.exe file.
- Select and
write down the location on your computer to save the file
to so you will be able to find it later. The location it
suggests should be fine. Keep the file name
"mschat25.exe". Alternatively save it to your
- Then click on
the Save button. It should take about 10 minutes to
download if you are using a 28.8 Kb/sec modem.
- Find the
mschat25.exe file on your computer and install it, you do this
on the mschat25.exe this will install Microsoft Chat.
- Confirm that
you want to install Microsoft Chat by clicking Yes.
- Then it will
ask you to accept license terms. Read and then click Accept.
- Then it will
ask you where you want to put the Microsoft Chat files.
The location it suggests should be fine so click next
- Click Yes
when it asks you if it is ok to create the Microsoft Chat
- Click Ok