Since many years ago, I've kept trying to use IRC but found technical difficulty in doing so. I used to think that IRC was something of the past and is either dead by now or used only by computer geeks. I kept seeing references to IRC rooms though at open source communities for developers to communicate through. Today I said to myself I'll give it another try.
I discovered that the problem was that I was using the popular mIRC program which was not so user friendly actually. I downloaded and installed XChat and was able to do IRC at once. I love it. You can download an XChat version for windows from here.