chat software


X-Chat provides a way of communicating in real time with people from all over the world. It consists of various separate networks (or “nets”) of IRC servers, machines that allow users to connect to IRC.


IM2 is a cross-platform instant messaging application that allows users to chat across all major IM networks – AOL Instant Messenger, MSN Messenger, Yahoo Messenger, ICQ, and IRC. All conversations with IM2 are secured end-to-end by default with encryption, ensuring that conversations will never inadvertently fall into the hands of anyone but the participants of a conversation.


Universal instant messenger chat client for AIM, ICQ, MSN, IRC, Yahoo, and Jabber. Gaim users can log in to multiple accounts on multiple IM networks simultaneously. This means that you can be chatting with friends on AOL Instant Messenger, talking to a friend on Yahoo Messenger, and sitting in an IRC channel all at the same time.

Miranda IM

Miranda is a messaging chat client for Windows supporting many instant messaging networks. The main principle of Miranda is: Smaller, Faster, Easier. The goal of this project is not to duplicate the functionality of the official software, but to design a client that is clean and easy to use. There’s also a very open 130+ plugin structure that makes it easy to extend the functionality of Miranda. It uses very little memory, requires no installation and can easily be carried around on a single floppy disc.
Editor’s note: This is a must have. I replaced Trillian, as good as that appliaction is, with Miranda.


myJabber is your gateway to the world of dependable, easy to use, instant messaging and group conferencing. Lightweight, configurable and very user friendly, it has quickly become the top choice of users everywhere. Part of the worldwide Jabber community, it will interact with AIM, ICQ, MSN, Yahoo, and IRC, plusit has the ability to speak to the unique jabber group-chat and person to person chat rooms. It contains customizable sound cues, person to person file transfers and will accept “headline” broadcasts from MSN, Hotmail, and Yahoo.


Communicate with Flexibility and Style. Trillian is everything you need for instant messaging. Connect to ICQ®, AOL Instant Messenger(SM), MSN Messenger, Yahoo! Messenger and IRC in a single, sleek and slim interface.

Incognito Chat

Incognito Chat is an instant messaging tool for use with MSN Messenger and Windows Messenger, it allows for encrypted instant messaging sessions using proven cryptographic algorithms and features an attractive, user-friendly interface. Incognito Chat provides a way to conduct private instant messaging over a public network such as the internet. If you value the privacy of your chat sessions, then this is the way to ensure that your conversation is only read by the intended recipient and not someone eavesdropping on the network.

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