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The Internet News Service enables Microsoft Outlook users to participate in USENET newsgroup discussions. It also enables users running third-party applications that support NNTP (such as Microsoft Internet News or Free Agent) to access newsgroup public folders. NNTP is an application protocol that is used in TCP/IP networks. It defines a client/server command set for access to newsgroups. Newsgroup public folders are public folders that are accessible as USENET newsgroups.
Users can read and post items, such as messages and documents, to USENET newsgroups. For example, scientists can exchange research information by posting messages to a newsgroup public folder for their area of interest. Other scientists around the world can then read and respond to the items in the newsgroup. Items in newsgroups are replicated to USENET host computers in nevsfeeds. The Internet News Service uses NNTP commands to define the communication between hosts.
Before installing the Internet News Service and setting up a newsfeed, you should become familiar with USENET newsgroups and how to use and plan your newsfeed.