kopete.pngI found an interesting review made by ExtremeTech about some of currently available multi-services Instant Messenger (IM) clients supporting at least all 3 majors IM services (MSN, Yahoo, ICQ). While the option for Mac users is limited to Adium, it exists few Web 2.0 based solutions such meebo and eBuddy and a bunch of classic software for Windows-based computer. Etremetech's prefered choice is the long existing Trillian Pro version (25 USD) but they also speak about PC-World prefered SightSpeed (also for MacOS) and the Swiss Army knife-like Raketu (I plan to test both of them in the coming days).

The list will grow up again with soon release of Orgoo, which aims to integrate email, IM, chat, SMS, and video messaging into one interface.

To sum up the six services in this review roundup, here's a table comparing their features:

  Adium eBuddy Meebo Meetro Pidgin  Trillian
 
Services supported:            
AIM Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
MSN/Windows Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Yahoo Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
ICQ Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes
IRC No No No No Yes Yes
Jabber/Google Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes**
Bonjour/Rendezvous Yes No No No Yes Yes**
 
Multiple simultaneous service login Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Ad free Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Tabbed message window Yes Yes No No Yes Yes
Contacts in groups Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Message history Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Text formatting Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes
Themes/skins Yes No Just colors No No Yes
Group chat support Only join existing Yes Yes No Only join existing Yes
Buddy icons Yes No No No Yes Yes
Audio chat No No No No No Yes**
Video chat No No No No No Yes**
Mac/Windows Yes/No Yes/Yes Yes/Yes Yes/Yes Yes*/No No/Yes
Web-based No Yes Yes No No No
Plugins No No No Yes, but only 2 available Yes Yes

Source : ExtremeTech 

 

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