The Wii Speak channel was released with the Wii Speak peripheral, announced on October 2, 2008. It can be downloaded using a Wii Download Ticket provided with the microphone. Those who enter the 16 digit code on the Wii Shop Channel can download it. Prior to its launch, users could download the Wii Speak Channel Download Assistant, a channel which gave information about the release of the Wii Speak Channel. After the release, the Download Assistant updated itself into the actual channel. The channel allows users to chat in one of four rooms with Wii Friends using Wii Speak online via Wi-Fi. Each user will be represented by their Mii, which will lip sync to their spoken words. In addition, users will also be able to leave audio messages on the Wii message board for other users, as well as make audio captions for their stored photos. Users can also share photo slideshows and comment on them.