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I've been using Trillian lately, but I've had problems receiving messages sometimes, and have only realised I've been getting sent them, when I log into hotmail and the web messenger pops up with messages from a week ago.

What other decent ones are out there? I only use Live Messenger, so don't need integration of Skype and everything else at once, particularly.

Just something that looks nice and can be set to "Always on top".
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Hmm, there are few options that come to mind:

-Pidgin with msn-pecan and other plugins: Built in msn support isn't the hottest though which is why I specifically listed the msn-pecan plugin. Makes things a lot happier.

-aMSN: Kind of funky looking and they currently have webcam support disabled until the next update but it works well otherwise. It's been quite a while since I have used this one so I have no experience with the newer versions.

-emesene: I haven't used this one before but supposedly it has working webcam support. I know very little about it otherwise though.

One of those three will probably be your best bet. They should all be pretty light weight. It's just a matter of finding the one that currently supports all the features you want. Good luck.
Edited by earing - 2/4/11 at 8:13pm
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Thanks. I'll check those out.
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Digsby.
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Originally Posted by sequencius View Post
Digsby.
Digsby is a pretty amazing program and I use it all the time but I don't think it will fit the needs of the OP. It is very feature rich but if all they are looking for is a simple chat program most of them will go unused. Furthermore, unless they have made some serious leaps and bounds it has poor msn support. I was getting time-outs, disconnections and not receiving messages all over the place last time I tried it.
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I don't mind if it has too many features, I don't have to use them. Trillian had quite a few features, itself.

But yeah, working MSN chat is probably a must lol.
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post #7 of 28
I'm gonna go ahead and throw Yahoo! Messenger out there.
Been using it lately, and have been happy with it.

http://messenger.yahoo.com/
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AIM has never failed me. Except, now they have this stupid advertisement at the bottom of the buddy list....
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post #9 of 28
http://www.overclock.net/other-softw...er-2009-a.html

I've gone back to vanilla messenger, albeit an older version but it's still the best.
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I can't believe nobody has stated this yet....

Grab XFire. It supports AIM, YIM, MSN, Google Chat, Twitter, and XFire clients. Plus you can just Scroll Lock + X to it while in game, just like Steam....but a different interface is all.
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