Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Pidgin Internet Messenger

It's a highly sophisticated program that's really nothing short of spectacular, now fully cross-platform, supports all of the top IM protocols including: AIM, ICQ, Google Talk, Jabber/XMPP, MSN Messenger, Yahoo!, Bonjour, Gadu-Gadu, IRC, Novell GroupWise Messenger, QQ, Lotus Sametime, SILC, SIMPLE, MySpaceIM, and Zephyr.

It also supports more with plugins.

For a more native OS X experience, you may want to look into Adium.

Tthis application is really a life saver, allowing you access to all of your favorite IM protocols without having to install and run each client application.

Like all of the best things in life there are compromises that must be made by enjoying them.

It, like any other IM client that supports multiple protocols, or even any IM client that's not produced by the IM server, it lacks the proprietary features for instance: video chat, chess, checkers, backgammon, etc. that are standard with Yahoo / MSN etc. however, Adium, and Pidgin both have a large selection of plug-ins some of which provide these features for certain protocols.

So there you have it, it's cross platform, it's free, and it's very customizable.

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