Best Instant Messenger Chat Clients for Windows PC

In these times, we want to stay connected at all times! In fact for some it has has almost become a compulsive habit to stay connected to the internet, and if they are not, they feel insecure! They could be online via Twitter or be connected on Facebook at all times!  After emails, Instant Messenger programs were developed and introduced – and they are still very popular among many a people!

With times, many changes have been made and new features added. New innovative services were introduced like voice and video chatting, file sharing and now Cloud connect and HD Videos in these messenger applications. There may be plenty of Instant Chat Messenger clients out there in market and one has to be careful which to select so as to give the most secure and rich experience..

People have their contacts on different mail networks like Gmail, Yahoo, Windows Live, Facebook, AOL etc. The list is very big and every service provider has their own chat messenger application. Google has GTalk, Yahoo has Yahoo Messenger, Windows Live has Windows Live Messenger and its a pain to have so many different Messenger clients installed on our PC.

Instant Messenger Chat Clients for Windows PC

But the solution is also available to this problem, Multi network login chat messengers are a good choice if you have an account with multiple networks.

So here is our list of Top 5 Instant Chat Messengers available for Windows:

1. Windows Messenger 2011: It is available as a part of Windows Live Essentials at Windows Live website. It lets you chat with your Windows Live, Facebook, AOL and Yahoo contacts. Some features such as file sharing, sending nudges, voice and video chats are not available for every network. You can only enjoy full power of a Messenger while chatting with a Windows Live only. Use Skype now instead.

2. Pidgin: Pidgin is a chat program which lets you log in to accounts on multiple chat networks simultaneously. It is compatible with the following chat networks out of the box: AIM, ICQ, Google Talk, Jabber/XMPP, MSN Messenger, Yahoo!, Bonjour, Gadu-Gadu, IRC, Novell GroupWise Messenger, QQ, Lotus Sametime, SILC, SIMPLE, MySpaceIM, and Zephyr. Pidgin supports file transfers, away messages, buddy icons, custom smilies, and typing notifications. Numerous plugins also extend Pidgin’s functionality above and beyond the standard features.

3. Trillian Astra: Trillian is a fully featured, skinnable chat client that supports AIM, ICQ, MSN, Yahoo Messenger, and IRC networks. It also supports standard features such as audio chat, file transfers, group chats, chat rooms, buddy icons, multiple simultaneous connections to the same network, server-side contact importing, typing notification, direct connection (AIM), proxy support, encrypted messaging (AIM/ICQ), SMS support, and privacy settings.

4. Digsby: Digsby is a multi-protocol IM client that lets you chat with all your friends on AIM, MSN, Yahoo, ICQ, Google Talk, and Jabber with one simple to manage buddy list. It also lets you access updates of your friends will do on Social Networking websites.

5. Miranda: It uses very little memory and is extremely fast also requires no installation. It allows you to chat with friends on MSN, AIM, ICQ, Tlen, Yahoo! and Jabber for free. To use other features you need to use plugins.

Have I missed any? Which one are you using and what has been your experience with it?

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Nitin Agarwal is an MVP alumni and a Pro Blogger. He was awarded as Most Valuable Professional for 3 times by Microsoft in Windows Expert - Consumer category. He is immensely inspired by Bill Gates, Steve Jobs and APJ Abdul Kalam.

14 Comments

  1. theeo123

    don’t forget Yoono, covers all the basic IM needs and also integrates social networks (facebook most notably) it’s sort of like Pidgen and tweet-deck rolled into one app

    Meebo – http://www.meebo.com/ is also quite popular

    Alternativeto.net – http://alternativeto.net/software/pidgin/?platform=windows
    has a nice breakdown of user-sourced alternatives, that search already includes restriction to windows

  2. Bruno Romero

    Great! Thanks Nitin.

  3. meebo works well too..Nice 1 nitin..

  4. Stephen

    I use the online site meebo.com. In addition to chat it provides both public and private chat rooms that can be customized and embedded in other web pages.

  5. What I hate with meebo and other similar solutions, is that they keep forcing some taglines next to (or under) my name. Cool services, but can be irritating sometimes lol

  6. Info Nobelchem

    v.informative

  7. robert

    what is a good messenger that also has chat rooms are there any i tried meebo and it kept freezing up or not logging in anything else out there

  8. Social Media True Stories

    My favourite IM service would be Hike. I specially like the free
    messaging service to non-hike users. Plus, it’s way faster than the Facebook Messenger app, which I also use heavily. For more articles you can visit http://www.dailynewscompany.com

  9. Sollux Captor

    IIdiiot2, why arent you usiing Pesterchum or Trolliian? Lower liifeform2…

  10. Josip Matrljan

    If you like desktop sticky notes than there is a program ShixxNOTE 6 net which is also Instant Chat Messengers for Windows. But instead of some dialog GUI users communicate with colorful desktop notes which can be send and received instantly. Also you can send program notes to more than one user 😉

  11. Mark

    Please note that Yahoo is very different now, and not in a good way. Also, you CAN NOT ACCESS Yahoo Messenger using ANY 3rd-party programs anymore, including those mentioned in this article.

  12. Leopards Spots

    Yahoo IM is done on July 17th 2018. I am sad to see that go.

  13. Leopards Spots

    Multi platform Skype was a quick and easy replacement that brings back a lot of features yahell got rid of a few updates ago like indicating if your friends are online or not.

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