IM Showdown 2011: Four Chat Clients Face Off

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darrennevares

I just usse Empathy with Ubuntu for my IM it works for me and is simple

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dbanes

How about a review of IM for small business use, our XMPP(Jabber) services and desktop app covers many of the things you liked in these end user IM apps, for example;

- Support for MSN, AIM, Yahoo!, Twitter and Facebook chat
- Simple user interface on Windows, Mac and Linux
- Local and hosted (cloud) chat history
- Customisable sounds, colours, logo (branding)
- Centralised 'other IM accounts' so login anywhere and you can connect to them

For business use we've added these on the cloud side;

- URL filtering to block phishing and malware links
- Image filtering to block access to inappropriate images in the workplace
- Text based rules to filter message content
- Archiving and search for legal discovery requests

Just an idea given you are indicating work use is on the increase. Google 'Cleartext Desktop' if you're interested.

 

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Eoraptor

Been running trillian since the 2.0 days You forgot to mention that the new free/pay version now syncs contact and message histories across all devices in the pay version (though the excellent history system itself is still available in the free version) Still, I also see an increasing number of my friends using Digsby also. but I like trillian since it will run virtually any messaging client under the sun (though yes, sadly video and audio are largely a non-existant pain.)

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mightierthanthesword

Even though I only have one IM service I really use, I still funnel it through Trillion.

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Dartht33bagger

I just use Skype for all IM and calling needs.  Everyone I know has Skype and I've been using it since 2007 with no problems.

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iceman08

I use meebo

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b00tpwnz4ll

Same. :) 

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Caboose

I love Trillian. I use it on my desktop, laptop, android phone and tablet!

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