Do you have yo use three different instant messenger clients to chat with all your friends? Have that worry no more, there are a few applications that allow you to have all your messenger id’s logged into one single messenger client.What are the advantages of that? you can chat with people on AIM, ICQ, MSN Messenger, IRC, Yahoo Messenger all from one program instead of having five, save diskspace and even the hassle of having to update all your different clients every so often.
1) Trillian: With so many different chat mediums such as MSN Messenger, AOL Instant Messenger, ICQ and IRC available today, there needs to be a single unified program for people to communicate with. With Trillian, all these chat networks are combined into a powerful, easy to use program. Trillian currently supports AIM, ICQ, MSN Messenger, IRC, and now Yahoo Messenger. The program can be skinned and has an easy to use modern interface. Additional features include file transfers, Mail and Message Alerts, EmotiSounds and more. The BEST and most up to date multi-network messenger you can find!
2) Miranda IM: Miranda IM is a multi protocol instant messenger client with support for ICQ, MSN, Yahoo, Jabber and other protocols. Miranda is much smaller and not nearly as resource consuming as ICQ, MSN, AIM etc., yet it offers most of the basic functionality like member search, online status (away,busy etc) as well as import of an existing contacts and more. The following protocols are available as separate downloads on the website: Gadu-Gadu, ICQ Groupware, IRC, Yahoo, Netsend, EmLanProto, Vypress Chat, POP3 & Tlen. There are also more than 170 free plugins available for download.
3) Pidgin: Pidgin (formerly GAIM) is a multi-platform instant messaging client that allows you to connect with all your buddies from a single messenger, even if they are using different networks. It supports MSN, AIM,ICQ, Yahoo, IRC, Groupwise, QQ, SILC, SIMPLE, Sametime and XMPP. You can login to multiple messenger accounts at one, allowing you to chat with your buddies on Yahoo, ICQ and MSN (for example) at the same time. It supports all of the standard messenger features including online status, file transfers, contact blocking, contact aliases, buddy groups, status notifications and more. Pidgin also supports plug-ins to add additional functionality.
Respected Contenders: Omega Messenger.