Microsoft Agents are interactive personalities which can
be programmed to:
MS Agent Technology is free to download from Microsoft, and there is a large and growing number of third parties supporting it.
Core Components - Required unless already installed (395 KB)
(Included with Windows Me and 2000)
Character Files - At least one character is required
(Merlin is included with Windows Me and 2000)
Text-To-Speech Engines - convert typed text to speech.
The smallest Engine is the default L&H TruVoice American-English one (1 MB)
When setting MS Agent messages in the Event Details window of Trout's Internet Clock
The following messages have special meanings:
|*TIME||Substitutes the current time|
|*DATE||Substitutes the current date|
|*HIDE||Hide the Character after it has said the message|
Downloading Characters from Other Sites
Character Files have an *.acs extension
These Character.acs files must be placed in:
Some of these links are self installing *.exe files, run these to set up the character.
Others are *.zip files, these need to be unzipped.
Three well known commercial sites are: Cantoche (I particularly like the 2 James characters), E-clips and Animatronix. They have free chracters and they sell them too.
You can find a lot more sites with Agent Characters by searching internet,
some of these are free, some are not.
Also the quality of the characters varies, of course.
The Microsoft Agent Ring
Is a good place to get more characters and to find out more.
It maintains a list of sites in the ring. They have a gallery of characters to download, applications, statistics and more.
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