Microsoft Office 2003 lets users send faxes directly from within the application suite, after registering with an internet fax provider. Here's how they describe it on their website:
Fax Through the Internet, Not Your Modem
Fax Broadcasting refers to sending out a large quantity of faxes, usually faxing the same document to a large list of recipients. The document may include variable fields to address each recipient by name and company.
It is possible to use an internet faxing service for fax broadcasting, however, this may become unwieldly for lists of over 1,000 recipients. In such cases you might be interested in handing the job over to an outsourced service.
Normally, a fax service provider will have several way of notifying you whether your fax has been sent or has failed. The most common ways are:
Yes, most of the services in our internet fax service list will allow you to simultaneously send faxes to more than one recipient. This allows you to create fax blasts (or fax broadcasts), for example, to notify your clients of new products, price list updates, etc.
Note that there might be restrictions on unsolicited fax advertisement in your location, so it's best to become informed.
Each provider will have his own method of enabling fax broadcasts, but broadly speaking there are several methods:
There are three ways of sending faxes from your personal computer: