Ding! Ding! Ding ding ding! We’ve come a long way since the early days of America Online, a time when instant messaging was but a one-ISP fad and that unnatural blast of noise from your sound card (if you were lucky enough to have one) was the run-to-the-living-room signal that a new message awaited.
Now that we’re all chained to our various instant messaging networks, what’s the best way to access them? Well, how's about a deathmatch? We've thrown four of the top instant messaging clients into a no-holds-barred battle for supremacy: To the victor belong the spoils, or a happy home on your desktop and laptop PC forevermore.
Better late than never, and while it took a long time, iPhone and iPod touch users can now download Trillian, the multiprotocol IM client, through Apple's App Store.
The $4.99 app comes with many of the same features as its desktop counterpart, including grouped and sorted contacts. Tabbed chat windows also find their way onto the iPhone and iPod touch version, and so does the ability to copy and paste, which is more a credit to Apple than Cerulean Studios, the company responsible for Trillian.
Users can also synchronize content across multiple IM clients, so that changes made on the iPhone version will appear in real-time on the Windows client.
In a nod towards cloud computing, Cerulean Studios says that all chats are stored on the company's server, which means they won't be lost if you suffer a dropped connection. The app can also be set up to send IM alerts when Trillian is shut down.
TechCrunch reports that the Delicious team says to get ready for the new version, it’s “almost ready” Of course we have heard that line before. Back in September ‘07 Delicious 2.0 was “feature complete and in private beta”. Hints where also dropped back in February that a launch was imminent. The TechCrunch guys are pretty confident that Team Delicious isn’t going to psych us out again and we can expect to see it launch soon.
Some folks were beginning to think the guys at Yahoo were pulling a Trillian Astra sort of tease and would end up in perpetual beta. Anyone want to setup a pool on who opens first, Delicious or Astra? Which gets your vote?
Instant messaging is a great way to stay in touch, but anybody who uses it extensively knows the pain of having friends spread out over different services. Ever install a bulky and bloated IM client for just one friend? Or wished you could instant message all your groupies without running 5 different chat clients in the system tray? Well IM providers and a handful of crafty open source programmers have listened to our cries. Free browser-based alternatives exist for all the major platforms, and all in one desktop clients are finally able to bring the competing services together.