I've been asked by a couple of people here if I've got it and I haven't. So I'm thinking of gabbing it. I used to have ICQ but that was a few years ago and it was all buggy and horrible. The only reason why I haven't got it (other than no-one to talk to of course) is that this isn't a private computer. I don't want the world and his wife seeing what I'm doing. I know you don't have to save your messages and stuff. I'm more worried about it loading up when the computer is switched on and the like. Is it typical Microsoft in that it jumps all over your screen shouting "look, me me me me me ME!!!". Or does it sit back and not do anything till told. Like everything else? I don't want it to load or become active until I tell it to.