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Top 5 Free All-In-One Instant Messengers ( Supports MSN, Yahoo, ICQ, AIM, Google and Other IMs)

I use MSN Messenger and ICQ at my work. My brother is on Yahoo Messenger. My friends are on AIM and Google Talk. It is pain to install all these software and keep it running at the same time, as they may takeup some system resources. Probably most of you can relate to this situation.

The best solution is to use All-In-One Instant Messenger that can chat with different IM clients such as — MSN Messenger, Yahoo Instant Messenger, ICQ etc.,

In this article, let us review the top 5 best free All In One Instant Messengers.

1. Pidgin

Pidgin Instant Messenger for Windows, Linux and Mac OSPidgin has a very simple, functional and intuitive user interface. Do not get fooled by it’s simplicity. It’s very stable and highly dependable. This is also open source, which makes it completely trust-worthy. You can use this to talk with your buddies on AIM, Google Talk, ICQ, IRC, MSN Messenger, Yahoo Messenger among many other supported IM networks.

2. Instantbird

Instantbird Free, Open Source Instant Messenger ClientInstantbird is an excellent All-In-One IM. If I’ve not been using Pidgin for such a long time, this would’ve taken the top spot easily. Like Pidgin, this is also open source, with clean UI and multi-platform. If you’ve not used an All-in-One IM before, my recommendation is that you try both Pidgin and Instantbird and choose the one that clicks with you. Both are highly recommended.

3. Trillian

Trillian Windows IM ClientIf you are the type who like fancy UI, you should check-out Trillian. You also need to create an account in trillian to use this IM.

4. Miranda

Miranda Instant Messenger with Plugin FrameworkMiranda is for power users who want more features and don’t mind playing around with plugins. Miranda is an open source, light weight, highly extensible using the plug-ins. There are more than 350 plugins available for Miranda.

5. Digsby

Digsby Instant Messenger Client for Windows VistaApart from the standard IM clients, it also offers in-built support for social networking such as Twitter, Facebook and Myspace. This is a resource intensive application. While installing you have to be careful to deselect all the adware related components that are enabled by default.

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  • Ajith Edassery September 18, 2009, 12:29 am

    Nice integrated IM tools… I shall have a detailed look at them soon. As such I am not a big chat guy (though I used to live on that ten years or so ago)

  • kogger September 19, 2009, 4:49 am

    One feature of digsby that I really enjoy is the live chat widget. You can create a widget for your website or facebook page right from within digsby. This lets you strike up a conversation with anyone visiting your page.

    I have one on my site http://kog.ca

  • TechZoomIn September 19, 2009, 10:55 pm

    I use Pidgin..not only me..i just spoiled whole office 🙂

  • suhana singh April 3, 2012, 4:10 am


  • mittul_php April 20, 2013, 2:55 am

    Pidgin is ma all time fav

  • Jeff Dearman November 23, 2013, 1:05 pm

    In my opinion INSTABIRD rules the ROOST – it was the easiest one to install and load my messenger buddies, and has a very well designed chat window and interface, a great name, logo, etc, and its FREE! there aren’t any stupid ads or plugins or what not and it added all my buddies easily unlike pidgin which had a hard time loading all by my AIM accounts. I would rank them as follows

    Also what about IM PLUS – IM+ Im plus you can get it for app which I use on my phone and there’s an online version. its rather standard, but still worth being in the list.
    I would rank them

    Look up IM+ app in the app store if you want a good phone all in 1 messenger.

    I would rank them the following


    2.) TRILLIAN

    3.) PIDGIN

    4.) IM+ (IM PLUS)

    then the rest as you said