I’m now primarily a Mac (s aapl) user, but back when I was on Windows (s msft), my multi-protocol IM client of choice was Miranda IM. It’s a lightweight, highly extensible and unobtrusive open-source tool that supports AIM, Facebook, Gadu-Gadu, Jabber, ICQ, IRC, MSN, Yahoo (s yhoo) and more. The Miranda IM team this week released version 0.9, which in addition to bugfixes has some useful new features:
- New improved protocols engine with full Unicode support
- New high quality icon theme
- Windows 7 taskbar icon support
- Added full Unicode file transfers
- Added ability to transfer files longer than 4 GB
- Added the first official 64-bit core version
- And many improvements to protocol support
You can see the full list of updates here. Miranda IM is available for Windows 95, 98, ME, NT, 2000, 2003, XP, Vista and 7. You can download the latest stable version (0.9.1 as of this writing) for free here.
As a side note, I find it strange that Miranda IM is only up to version 0.9, as it’s been around for years; when will it make it to 1.0?
Which Windows IM client do you use?
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