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You cannot use Input Method Editor when you use MSN Messenger in Windows XP with Service Pack 2
Article ID: 890831
When you minimize the Microsoft MSN Messenger main window and you then receive a message on your Microsoft Windows XP-based computer with Service Pack 2 (SP2) applied, you cannot use Input Method Editor (IME) to enter characters into MSN Messenger. However, you can use the keyboard to type characters into MSN Messenger.
Note These keyboard-generated characters will be from a Roman character set.
The following file is available for download from the Microsoft Download Center:
Release Date: January 12, 2005
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Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section.