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Free Windows IM client?


If we go back to the beginning, I dumped AOL's AIM client because the mouse-over ads pissed me off.

I've got iChat on my Mac, and it gets me into AIM and LJTalk (jabber) chat servers.

I've got Trillian on my Windows laptop, and it gets me into AIM and Yahoo IM.

Now I hardly use Yahoo IM, because during the day I'm on the Mac, and because I've got a pretty full buddy list on AIM already. I wouldn't mind being able to get into LJChat from the Windows machine, but to do that through Trillian would involve paying for the "Pro" edition of the software.

What unified IM clients for Windows are out there that provide good AIM and Jabber support and are free?


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Jun. 22nd, 2007 05:59 pm (UTC)
I use Adium on my Mac, and it supports bloody well *everything*. Even better, it supports bloody well everything, simultaneously. As we speak, I am logged in to two Y!M accounts, two GTalk accounts, AIM, and LJTalk (which is actually just on the jabber protocol, so that's easy). I highly recommend it, as it is incredibly customizable.
Jun. 22nd, 2007 06:03 pm (UTC)
Doh, the drawback being that you've asked for *Windows* options.
Jun. 22nd, 2007 06:16 pm (UTC)
I tried Adium a while back and didn't like it, but that was back on 10.0

Except for a the Safari3-slow-down (after which I uninistalled Safari3) iChat has kept me happy. My major buddy-list investment is on AIM; the LJ friends-list integration is the only reason I'm at all interested in LJtalk.
Jun. 22nd, 2007 07:25 pm (UTC)
I use to use Gaim on XP at old work.

On Googling I found "Gaim has been renamed to Pidgin."

"Pidgin is a GTK+ instant messaging application for Windows and Unix. It supports AIM, ICQ, Jabber/XMPP, MSN, Yahoo!, Bonjour, Gadu-Gadu, IRC, QQ, SILC, SIMPLE and more."

Jun. 22nd, 2007 10:42 pm (UTC)
Hmmm, much improved since I last looked at it.

Thanks fo rthe link.
Jun. 23rd, 2007 10:57 pm (UTC)
I haven't used it, but a friend recently started using KoolIM, which appears to be a web based program.
Jun. 28th, 2007 07:14 pm (UTC)
Might be too late to do you any good, but I've had good luck with Miranda. Home page is www.miranda-im.org.
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