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Best alternative to Windows Live Messenger

I'm looking for alternative programs other then the offical client to use with Yahoo messenger on Windows.

What options are there? Preferably free and with no ads/spyware.

  • The question should be tagged with windows. – kiamlaluno Aug 28 '10 at 22:10
  • @kiamlaluno - Added. – MiffTheFox Aug 29 '10 at 0:46

You can try Digsby. Direct download here: http://update.digsby.com/install/digsby_setup.exe

Or Trillian, though there is the option of a paid version of this one.

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I know that @Force Flow already mentioned Trillian, but I'm going to expand on this...

Trillian is the best all-in-one solution I have ever seen. It handles Yahoo Messenger and your contacts, etc extremely well.

From Wikipedia:

It can connect to multiple IM services, such as AIM, ICQ, Windows Live Messenger, Yahoo! Messenger, IRC, Novell GroupWise Messenger, Bonjour, XMPP, and Skype networks; as well as Social Networks, such as Facebook, Twitter and MySpace; and email services, such as POP3, IMAP, Gmail, Hotmail and Yahoo! Mail.

I have used Trillian myself (the free version), which works extremely well, and does what I need it to do...

If you decide to accept Trillian as your accepted answer, give the checkmark to @Force Flow, since he mentioned it first.

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  • make-or-break question here, is it skinnable? – MiffTheFox Sep 1 '10 at 19:34
  • @MifftheFox: in a word, YES! – studiohack Sep 1 '10 at 22:42
  • Thank you for this information. I've accepted Force Flow's answer as you specified. – MiffTheFox Sep 4 '10 at 0:04
  • @MifftheFox: thanks! hope it works well for ya! :) – studiohack Sep 4 '10 at 0:10

Pidgin - multi-platform, multi-protocol. Works flawlessly under Windows/Linux.

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I suggest that you have a look at Pidgin. It's an open source messaging client which support a wide range of protocols. (Open Source programs are usually free for ads and malware, and this applies to Pidgin as well)

For a more comprehensive list of the alternatives out there, check out this article on Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comparison_of_instant_messaging_clients

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  • I've had bad experiences with Pidgin's installer, but I'll take a look at aMSN. Open source is always a plus with me. – MiffTheFox Aug 28 '10 at 20:32
  • Pidgin's installer occasionally fritzes out, but a restart usually works. Once you have it installed, it works great. – ssube Aug 28 '10 at 23:16
  • Looking at aMSN's home page, it doesn't seem to support Yahoo accounts, only MSN. – MiffTheFox Aug 29 '10 at 0:48

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