Instant messaging, which is more popularly known in popular culture as chatting has been around since the days the internet started to become a household necessity way back in the late 1990s. A lot of instant message clients have popped up since that time until now. Some faded away like they never existed, while others managed to keep pace with the changing environment of the online world. Below is a list of the 10 best instant message clients.
10. MSN (Windows Live Messenger)
Windows Live Messenger, more popularly known simply as MSN, has been around for a very long time now. All you have to do to get started is sign up for a Hotmail email account, download the messenger and sign in to start chatting.
9. Yahoo! Messenger
Just like MSN, Yahoo! has also been around for a while. But today, a standalone client is no longer needed, although updates are still regularly released. There are exciting “IMvironments” and emoticons to go with a stable client.
8. AIM (AOL Instant Messenger)
Owned by America Online, AIM is a multi-channel client in which you can integrate your Yahoo!, MSN and Facebook chats. Video chat on this client is also quite useful and is one feature, using which you can use less of your keyboard and more of your voice.
7. Google Talk
No matter which part of the internet you surf, you are bound to run into Google one way or another. Instant messaging is the same with Google Talk making some good strides in the short time it has been live.
This is another chat messenger that offers a whole host of features. A very useful feature for multi taskers is the minimizing of the chat window and seeing new messages in a pop up bubble.
This is a compilation of different chat clients. You can simultaneously log in to a lot of different clients including Google Talk, IRC, MySpaceIM, MSN, ICQ and Yahoo!. Another great thing about this application is that it is quite light and does not eat into too much of your RAM.
Meebo was first designed to be a web-only messenger. The overall service was great and there was a good and active selection of chat rooms for you to kill time and make some new online friends.
This was a free and open source chat client that was able to sign into a lot of services including Yahoo!, MSN, Facebook and Google Talk. However, Adium is released right now only for Mac OS X.
Available for both Windows and Mac, Trillian bundles almost all of the popular chat services into one. The interface is quite simple and not a lot of memory is hogged when it is running. You will encounter errors with it extremely rarely compared with some of the other clients.
Skype is without a doubt the number one chat service out here on the internet. It is the most popular instant messenger. All required features are there including sending of files, video chatting, audio chatting and of course instant messaging.