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10-14-2003, 05:13 PM
Java Web-based Clients
AIM Express (http://www.aim.com/get_aim/express/aim_expr.adp?aolp=) lets you send instant messages directly from a Web browser.
ICQ2Go! (http://go.icq.com) Use ICQ2Go! from any computer, even where ICQ is not installed. New features include adding and messaging AOL & AIM users.
dMSN (http://www.dmsn.nl/) is just like your normal MSN, you can sign in, talk to friends, change your name, talk with your friend etc..
New Yahoo! Web Messenger (Beta) (http://messenger.yahoo.com/)Yahoo! Web Messenger gives you the basic features of Yahoo! Messenger without having to download the full application.
SimpleAIM (http://simpleaim.sourceforge.net/) is a miniature console-based AIM client written in pure Java. It implements the TOC protocol and provides a solid framework for understanding and writing your own IM clients or bots.
Odigo Express (http://www.odigo.org/features/express.html) is a Web-based version of the Odigo Messenger

Chat Clients
Qnext (http://www.qnext.com/)
is a secure P2P communications suite that currently offers Universal Instant Messaging (Qnext, MSN, AIM, Yahoo, ICQ), Video Conferencing, Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP), File Transfer, File Sharing, Group Text Chat, Online Game, Advanced Photo Sharing, and Remote PC Access.
Easy Message (http://www.easymessage.net/features.html) only 240kb's, yet interops with Yahoo, MSN, ICQ, AOL.
IGA (http://www.igamearea.com/iga_en.html) FREE, works with IGA chat, web chat, ftp/http file transfer, built in mp3 player, IGA Games: Changer, Flyball, Backgammon, Balls, Scrabble, Chess.
Trillian (http://www.ceruleanstudios.com/) multi-network IM client allows you to seamlessly integrate all of your communications traffic in a single, sleek package.
Jabber (http://www.jabber.org/about/overview.html?...f7d13ecf2cfc93e) open source and secure
Instant-T (http://www.interactiveni.com/IMSite/imfreeware.htm)
PalTalk (http://www.paltalk.com/PalTalkSite/) integrates voice, video and file sharing into one package.
Miranda Instant Message (http://miranda-im.org/release/download.php) ICQ, AIM, MSN, Jabber, Yahoo, Gadu-Gadu, Tlen, Netsend, and more. It requires no installation and can be fitted on a single floppy disc
Omni (http://www.emphatech.com/index.html), (no longer developed it appears, but might still be useful)
iGo Incognito (http://www.igo-incognito.com/overview.html), a secure IM.
Quicksilver Instant Messenger (http://www.qsmessage.com/)
Encrypted AIM (http://www.johnytech.com/home.asp)
IMCI Secure IM (http://www.imici.com/)
MECA (http://www.meca.com/Registration.jsp), InterOp with AIM, Yahoo!, MSN and ICQ. Play games through MECA on their new Games Channel
i3Connect Merlin IM Server v1.1 (http://www.i3connect.com/merlin.html), Supports communication with any XMPP/Jabber client, Supports LDAP Authentication, PKI Encryption, X.509 Digital IDs, Secure client, Spam control.
Cyberbuddy (http://www.yeayou.com/cyberbuddy/), Instant Message (like ICQ) with speech and animation.
Trusted Messenger (http://www.trusted-messaging.com/), Secure network messaging allows for business communication through network instant messaging.
WIC messenger (http://www.wic.com/info.htm), Use videoconferencing, interop with AIM, Msn, Icq and Yahoo
Sympatico Instant Messaging (SIM) (http://im.sympatico.ca/), with interoperability with AIM, MSN, ICQ and Yahoo
Maxxchat (http://www.maxxchat.com/), Home of MaxxIM and Maxxchat. Both programs work with MSN, Yahoo! IM, AIM, ICQ and IRC.
Indiatimes Messenger (http://messenger.indiatimes.com/), Indiatimes Messenger not only lets you message your friends with AIM, MSN, ICQ and Yahoo!. It also lets you All-in-one conference with them.
Excite Private Messenger (http://www1.excite.com/home/messenger/messenger_overview/0%2C17445%2C%2C00.htm)
Integrity Messenger (http://www.integritymessenger.com/), interop with AOL, MSN, ICQ, and Yahoo
IMpersona (http://www.impersona.com/), Supports emoticons for full range of emotions.See and hear your buddies as you chat. MSN buddy list.
Eyeball Chat (http://www.eyeballchat.com/), Send video and text messages to your AIM, MSN and Yahoo! buddies.Communicate securely and privately with SSL encryption.
Chat@bles (http://chatables.net/site40/), The ability to send more than just mere emoticons.you and send anything with animation and sound along with text messaging. interoperability with AIM, Yahoo! and MSN. ( Site no longer active)[/URL]
ChitChat! (http://members.aol.com/chinyu/chitchat/), communicate from Win9x to UNIX users via standard talk protocol.
Y!mLite (http://www.chat-help.co.uk/%7Eymlite/about.html) is coded in Delphi and is a 3rd Party Chat Client for Yahoo! which supports YCHT, DHTML, and YMSG! Protects against Booters.
SIM (Simple Instant Messenger) (http://sim-icq.sourceforge.net/) is an unpretentious ICQ client which supports many of the features of Version 8 of the ICQ protocol (ICQ 2001)
BitWise (http://www.bitwisecommunications.com/chat/) BitWise is an encrypted instant messenger without ads, spyware or spam. If you are tired of AIM, ICQ, Yahoo and MSN with their bugs, ads, slow file transfers, dropped messages, lost connections, and security holes, then try BitWise. BitWise is everything you need in a small, fast program - (submitted by Halojoy)
Agoo (http://www.agoo.com.hk/HTML/agoo_Home_e01.htm) share files, message encryption, gaming ...enter different kinds of game rooms other Agoo users. Wherever you go, your history, friends list goes with you.
JMSN (http://jmsn.sourceforge.net/) is a pure Java Microsoft MSN Messenger clone, including Instant messaging, File Send/Receive, msnlib (for developers), and additional chat log etc. JMSN has many interesting features that MSN doesn't have.

Chat Extras
Simp Pro (http://www.secway.fr/products/all.php) secures your MSN, Yahoo!, ICQ and AOL instant messenger clients. With Simp Lite[/URL], free version of the Simp product line, you can secure one of the following services: MSN, YAHOO, ICQ, AOL IMS.
IM Translator (http://www.paralink.com/ims/) is a tool that provides instant translation of messages and other texts in major European languages. With IM Translator you can chat with your friends on ICQ, AIM, MSN Messenger, Yahoo! Messenger even if you don't speak each other's language.
PGP-ICQ (http://www.samopal.com/soft/pgpicq/) FREE, is a plug-in application for ICQ. It allows you to encrypt your ICQ messages using Pretty Good Privacy (PGP).

Console based Chat clients
msnlib (http://users.auriga.wearlab.de/~alb/msnlib/) a Python MSN messenger protocol library and client
ysmICQ (http://ysmv7.sourceforge.net/) is a console ICQ client for Linux, Windows, BSD, Solaris, QNX, Irix, PPC and BeOS among other operating systems.
jabber.py (http://jabberpy.sourceforge.net/) A Python Jabber library
vICQ (http://gonzo.kiev.ua/projects/vicq/) is simple ICQ client written in PERL with look & fill of micq and works fine with v7 protocol of ICQ

Alternative OS's, BSD, Linux users there are;
aMSN (http://amsn.sourceforge.net/) - A MSN Messenger clone for Linux, This is a modified and multilanguage version of Compu'S Messenger (CCMSN). Sound for events, look and feel similar to original MSN Messenger, multilanguage, file transfers, group support.
Ayttm - Universal Instant Messaging Client (http://ayttm.sourceforge.net/) n instant messaging (aka chat) client that provides all-in-one chat functionality for several major instant messaging services from one simple program.
Kopete (http://kopete.kde.org/), is a flexible and extendable multiple protocol instant messaging system designed as a plugin-based system.
LICQ (http://licq.org/); Licq is a multi-threaded ICQ clone written mostly in C++. It uses an extensive plugin system to manage many different functions. The main gui is written using the Qt widget set. Licq is distributed under GPL with some special QPL exceptions for Qt.
GnomeICU (http://gnomeicu.sourceforge.net/);
EB-Lite (http://www.everybuddy.com/eb-lite/)

iChat instant messaging (http://www.apple.com/macosx/jaguar/ichat.html)
FIRE (http://fire.sourceforge.net/), A Multi-Protocol IM Client For OS X
Adium (, A Unique, third party AIM (AOL Instant Messenger) Client.
Kava (http://www.sunsaar.com/) is a full IM client that works with AIM/ICQ/Yahoo/MSN/Jabber. It provides a clean interface and cross-IM emoticon translation.
AIMM (http://aimm.emuscene.com/)clone of AOLs IM (AIM) client.

couple more Jabber clients

luna (http://www.lluna.de/) ... with animated avatars, video, bubble chat, private chat, and personal profiles through the Jabber protocol.
PSI (http://psi.affinix.com/)
EXODUS (http://exodus.jabberstudio.org/)
Centericq - (icq,yahoo,aol,MSN, jabber)
SIM (http://sim-icq.sourceforge.net/) : Simple Instant Messenger
GAIM (http://gaim.sourceforge.net/about.php) - (icq,yahoo,aol,MSN, jabber, Gadu-Gadu, and Zephyr networks.)
myJabber!, myJabber interacts with AIM, ICQ, MSN, Yahoo, plus it has the ability to create conference rooms and person-to-person text talk. file transfers also fully secured with SSL encryption. myJabber is based on the XMPP protocol
RhymBox (http://www.rhymbox.com/) is a Jabber client for instant messaging,Jabber is also linked to legacy services (e.g. Yahoo!, MSN, AIM, ICQ, etc).

Conferencing Clients & SILC and Video Chat
Skype (http://ui.skype.com/) Skype is free and simple software that will enable you to make free calls anywhere in the world in minutes. Skype, created by the people who brought you KaZaA, uses innovative P2P (peer-to-peer) technology to connect you with other Skype users.
MyPhone (http://myphone.sourceforge.net/) FREE and OpenSource, Voice & Video Internet/Lan Chat client based on H323 protocol, Support direct PC-2-PC communication without any intermediary. Video communication via H261 codec with 176x144 resolution. Audio communication with a number of selectable codecs and quality
ICU (http://www.icumessenger.com/) FREE, Chat with your friends in real time with sound. You just need a web cam and microphone.
Ivisit Lite (http://www.ivisit.info/) FREE, just requires registering
Milc (http://milc.sourceforge.net/faq.php) is a multimedia 'chat' program, using the SILC (Secure Internet Live Conferencing) protocol.
Bombyx (http://bombyx.sourceforge.net/) a graphical client for SILC
Irssi-SILC (http://www.silcnet.org/) original textmode client for SILC.
Apple iChat AV (http://www.apple.com/ichat/) Video Conferencing for Apple's
Ms Net-Meeting (http://www.microsoft.com/windows/netmeeting/) video chat, whiteboards, program-sharing, Remote Desktop Sharing
GnomeMeeting (http://www.gnomemeeting.org/) UNIX, GnomeMeeting is an H.323 compatible videoconferencing and VOIP/IP-Telephony application that allows you to make audio and video calls to remote users with H.323 hardware or software (such as Microsoft Netmeeting).
PicoPhone (http://web.tiscali.it/vitez/picophone.html) a simple Internet phone application with chat
SpeakFreely (http://www.speakfreely.org/) Freeware
Speak Freely is a 100% free Internet telephone originally written in 1991 by John Walker, founder of Autodesk. After April of 1996, he discontinued development on the program.

3d World Chats,
Dive (http://www.sics.se/dive/); The Distributed Interactive Virtual Environment (DIVE) is an internet-based multi-user VR system where participants navigate in 3D space and see, meet and interact with other users and applications.
ActiveWorlds (http://www.activeworlds.com/); "Active Worlds, the webs most powerful Virtual Reality experience, lets you visit and chat in incredible 3D worlds that are built by other users."
Cybertown (http://www.cybertown.com/); java client
Moove (http://www.moove.com/)
Adobe Atmosphere (http://www.atmoinfopool.com/)
Goonietown (http://www.goonietown.com/)
VZones (http://www.vzones.com/)
Outerworlds 3D Chat (http://www.outerworlds.com/), Virtual Reality Software
TalkWorld (http://www.talkworld-online.com/) 3D voice Chat