Chat and instant messaging : Download Best apps for Windows

Windows has some excellent free instant messaging options, and here are our picks for the three best.

Pidgin

If you need to use Yahoo, MSN, AIM, and Google at the same time from the same window, Pidgin is your bird. Like other third-party IM clients, this open-source messenger accesses multiple IM networks, including MySpaceIM, as well as lesser-known protocols such as Jabber and Gadu-Gadu. Among the many plug-ins available is one that will give you Facebook IM access. Twenty-two plug-ins come prepackaged with the installer. Although bugs do crop up from time to time, Pidgin’s open-source development means that it rarely goes too long without a patch. For text only, Pidgin remains highly recommended. Downlaod Link
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Trillian

A more polished-looking alternative to Pidgin is Trillian Astra. It’s got a slew of core essentials, including long-overdue support for Google, MySpace IM, Skype, and Facebook, as well as AIM, ICQ, MSN, Yahoo, and IRC. Both POP3 and IMAP e-mail checking see some love here, too, as well as hooks into Facebook and Twitter.Download LINK
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Skype

Although there are other options available for VoIP, Skype gets our recommendation for video chat because of its popularity and excellent video compression. Skype has been reworked, stripped down to its core competency of delivering high-quality audio and video calls over the Internet. The improved sound and video quality were notable in our tests, the result of Skype’s sound engine and bandwidth manager. Download Link
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