BitWise IM is a secure, cross-platform instant messaging program written using wxWidgets and is available for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux. It comes in two flavors, Personal and Professional. The Personal version is free but limited to personal / home use; the Professional version provides private IM networks for corporate, non-profit and academic organizations. ** ...more on Wikipedia about "BitWise IM"
Centericq is a text mode menu- and window-driven IM interface that supports the ICQ, Yahoo!, AIM, MSN, IRC, and Jabber protocols. It allows you to send, receive, and forward messages, URLs, SMSes (both through the ICQ server and email gateways supported by Mirabilis), contacts, and email express messages, and it has many other useful features. Known to work in Linux, FreeBSD, NetBSD, OpenBSD, Solaris, Windows and Mac OS X/Darwin Operating Systems. ...more on Wikipedia about "Centericq"
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Note 3: Interoperability with proprietary protocols can be achieved using server-side gateways (so-called transports) in Jabber. ...more on Wikipedia about "Comparison of instant messengers"
DirectNet is a peer to peer instant messaging protocol and client software for multiple platforms, such as Windows and GNU/Linux, developed by Gregor Richards. ...more on Wikipedia about "DirectNet"
Forum Instant Messenger (FIM) is an instant messaging program that is used by the Ring of Lightning Forums . ...more on Wikipedia about "Forum Instant Messenger"
Gadu-Gadu is an instant messaging program that is popular in Poland. ...more on Wikipedia about "Gadu-Gadu"
Gale is an instant messaging system developed by Dan Egnor when he was at Caltech. It combines functions of programs like Internet Relay Chat, AOL Instant Messenger, Usenet, and Internet-based forums. It also has support for digital signing and encryption. ...more on Wikipedia about "Gale Messaging"
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IMVU is a graphical instant messaging client that features animated interactive 3D avatars. It was developed by Will Harvey, video game creator and founder of There, a similarly-constructed 3D virtual world. Registered members receive their own homepage, the code of which is built in similar fashion to typical Myspace homepages. According to Tony Walsh of Clickable Culture , the software for the IMVU standalone client "seems to operate as a layer on top of existing IM applications, such as MSN, and uses small browser windows for much of its interface." IMVU also has a credits-currency system which is partially based upon physical, real-world money; such serves as the basis for the economy which financially drives the IMVU project, which is currently in beta. First-time users are given 1000 credits (play-money) to buy additional content. More credits can be purchased for real-world money. ...more on Wikipedia about "IMVU"
The following is a list of instant messaging clients. ...more on Wikipedia about "List of instant messaging clients"
Lotus Sametime is a commercial client-server instant messaging application distributed by the Lotus Software division of IBM. Lotus Sametime provides basic instant messaging functionality, presence information, and support for web conferencing. It offers strong support for communications standards and standard protocols, including Session Initiation Protocol, SIMPLE, T.120 and H.323. Sametime also integrates with Lotus Notes, and support for the OSCAR protocol enables Sametime clients to communicate with users of AOL Instant Messenger. ...more on Wikipedia about "Lotus Sametime"
Meebo ** is an Ajax instant messaging client that works with major instant messaging services. Its website allows you to log onto AOL, ICQ, Yahoo! Messenger, MSN Messenger and Jabber so that you don't have to worry about having the software application if you are away from your main computer. Meebo launched a private release on September 4, 2005, and it was publicly released on September 14, 2005 and has had many major revisions since. Meebo was founded by three young entrepreneurs ** , who placed an emphasis on user-feedback in determining the direction of their business. On December 16th, it was confirmed that Meebo has received venture capital funding from Sequoia Capital. A possible business strategy includes selling the API to companies that want to add an instant messaging feature to their own websites. ...more on Wikipedia about "Meebo"
PowWow was one of the first Internet instant message and chat programs for Windows. It was made by a company called Tribal Voice. This is a quintessential internet startup meltdown story. ...more on Wikipedia about "PowWow (chat program)"
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