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Posted by on May 17, 2011 in  Other, Technology, TG Roundup

The Best Instant Messaging Application for Windows

I use this app all the time on my Ubuntu and Mac Book Pro. Very light and handy. Try it out this cute little open source app.

There are some great instant messaging apps out on Windows, but we think it’s hard to beat Pidgin’s low footprint, support for tons of different protocols, plugin-based architecture, and open source code.

The Best Instant Messaging Application for Windows


Platform: Windows
Price: Free, open source
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  • Supports AIM, Google Talk, Yahoo, IRC, MSN, ICQ, Jabber, and pretty much any other IM network you could want.
  • Has most features you’ve come to expect from chat clients, like file transfers, away messages, typing notifications, tabbed chats, chat logs, and so on.
  • Built-in email notifications.
  • Pidgins supports third-party plugins, which means that any features you can’t get out of the box, you can probably get with an add-on, like other IM networks, themes, notification types, integration with other services like Twitter or, and tons of others.
  • Support for over 80 languages.
  • Its open source codebase means no ads or crapware, and since it’s such a popular program, it updates fairly often.

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[Via – LifeHacker]