A friend of mine dislikes how clunky/bloated the Windows Live Messenger/MSN Messenger client is - pretty much stopped going on MSN because of it. I want to offer him an alternative client that can log onto MSN. I'm aware of the regular multi messenger clients: Pidgin, Trillian, Miranda, etc but I'm wondering if these are overkill for my friend who's just looking for a simple, no-nonsense MSN messaging client.
It doesn't necessarily have to be a client that ONLY logs onto MSN alternative, but I feel recommending something like Pidgin to my friend who just wants a better, faster, and user-friendly MSN alternative to be like using TNT to stop a fly.
I am aware that there is a similar question here: msn live messenger replacement client for Windows? . My question adds another requirement as I'd like it to be user-friendly with a straightforward and not too clunky interface (it doesn't have to be meant for power users).