If you’ve ever had problems connecting to Windows Live Messenger and you want to chat online with your friends, don’t despair, there are great alternatives! I’ve already told you about the incredible MessengerFx, one of the best web-based instant messaging clients. But there are more options to choose from with which you can chat online with your contacts from several services. That’s why I’ve selected 5 of the best alternatives to MessengerFx.
Ready? Here they are:
One of the most popular alternatives to chat online is called eBuddy. This web-based tool is a powerful platform through which you can access several chatting services, such as MSN, Yahoo, AIM, GTalk and Facebook, among others.
To access any of your accounts on the supported services you just simply have to go to the eBuddy site, select the service and type in your account information. After those easy steps, you’ll be able to chat online with any of your friends.
But that’s not all eBuddy has to offer: you can also download a mobile app to your mobile phone and access the service while on the go. And you can even create your own eBuddy ID to access all of the services at once as well as to gain the ability to use premium features that will soon be added.
Although it isn’t as popular as eBuddy, ILoveIM is a very good alternative worth considering. Through this platform you can access the MSN, Yahoo, AIM, Gtalk and MySpace instant messaging services to chat with all of your contacts.
The most amazing feature of ILoveIM is the encryption process to which all of the communications are subject to. In this way, the web-based messenger protects your passwords with a 1024-bit RSA key.
Besides, through its own WhiteLabel you can integrate ILoveIM’s capabilities into your own website. In this way, you can give your visitors an interesting feature with a maintenance-free add-on.
Here’s a very interesting alternative with similar mechanics to that incorporated in eBuddy. In this sense, Meebo lets you access the Windows Live, Yahoo, Facebook, AIM, MySpace, GTalk, ICQ, Jabber and MyYearbook networks, all from a single platform.
Meebo also allows you to create a unique ID through which you can access all of the services without having to individually login to each and every one of them. In this way, you can have all of your contacts right in your favorite browser.
Furthermore, you can also download mobile apps to any of the major mobile operating systems to access Meebo’s services while you travel.
Another platform that unifies the services from several instant messaging clients. In IMO you’ll find a web-based tool through which you can use MSN, Yahoo, AIM, ICQ, Facebook, GTalk, MySpace, Jabber, Hyves and Skype.
The main difference between IMO and the other platforms mentioned here are that this tool allows you to access to Skype, the most commonly used VoIP client.
As for the mobile apps, IMO also has developed a couple of apps for the biggest mobile operating systems: iOS (with separate editions for iPhone and iPad)and Android.
The website that closes this list might be a little less powerful than those mentioned above but it’s worth mentioning for its simplicity and for the relatively unknown channels it provides.
Kool IM works as all of the items on this article: simply select the service you want to access, type all your account data and start chatting away. In this way, this platform lets you access the services of MSN, AIM, Yahoo, GTalk, ICQ and other sites like Gadu Gadu and Xfire.
Among its features, you can find an option to choose whether you want the client to be embedded or to be popped out from your web browser. Additionally, if you’re a Firefox user, you can install the sidebar to control the platform more comfortably. Besides, you can create a unique ID to easily manage all of your accounts.
As you can see, there are multiple alternatives to MessengerFx with which you can chat online. Use them when you can’t use your regular client, when the instant messaging programs are blocked or missing or use it always to manage all of you accounts from a unique platform.
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