Monday, June 4, 2007

Web-Based Instant Messengers

by Sushma Verma 0 comments

Inspired From : "Web-Based Instant Messengers: A Mini-Guide"

How about connecting to your favourite instant messaging network without any kinda installation of software? No, I am not talking about the portable editions of messaging clients as described in my post Portable Applications.
I am talking of web based services that allow you to connect to multiple networks through a single interface. I have reviewed for you the most popular services that allow you to access your favorite instant messaging networks from any browser and any operating system, without the need to install software.
As always, you are more than welcome to suggest and revise the data through the comment section available at the bottom of the post.
Here are the details:

Yahoo! Web Messenger is the web-based version of the popular instant messaging client. This service is free of charge and can be used with a generic "Yahoo! ID", which also allows access to other Yahoo! services, such as Yahoo! Mail, where users can be automatically notified when they receive new email.
Yahoo! Web Messenger also allows you to chat with friends on MSN.

Link: http://webmessenger.yahoo.com

MSN Web Messenger is the web-based version of MSN Messenger. You are required to have a Microsoft Passport ID to login in it. This service allows you to stay in touch with your contacts and chat with them, but does not allow file sharing and video calls. It does not allow you to chat with friends who are on different IM networks. It requires your browser to allow Popups.

Link: http://webmessenger.msn.com

Meebo is a cool cross-platform, multi-protocol, Ajax-based IM and presence awareness aggregator. The one-page application allows anyone on any computer platform to access and log in to Yahoo Messenger, Windows Live Messenger, AOL IM and ICQ from one unique interface. It provides a single buddy list that is automatically populated upon signing into the meebo web site just like in Gaim and Trillian (Read a review of Trillian ver3 here).
Sign up with it and login with just a single password. It also offers widget that you can embed in your pages to chat with your visitors.
It is ma favourite and yes, its free too.

Link: http://www.meebo.com

Kool IM is a web-based IM service that aggregates multiple messengers on one page - AIM, Windows Live Messenger, Yahoo! Messenger, Google Talk, ICQ and Jabber. Registration is not mandatory but registered users can take advantage of managing their accounts and more. It is also free to use.

Link: http://www.koolim.com

eBuddy is a web application that enables you to chat with your MSN, AOL and Yahoo! buddies via your web browser. To use the web version of eBuddy, all you need is a JavaScript enabled browser on your computer and it works even if you are behind a firewall. If you are on the road, you can use the mobile version of eBuddy to chat with your buddies. Every mobile device that supports xHTML or WAP can be used. For more information see the eBuddy mobile-related section.

Link: http://www.ebuddy.com

Radius IM is a free web service that shows you where your buddies are and lets you send instant messages to them. Once you sign up, simply login to Radius IM and choose your geographic location. Your friends will show up on the friends list as icons on a map. You can message your friends on MSN, AOL, Gtalk and Yahoo! Messenger. Radius IM is a completely browser-based application and requires a Javascript enabled browser, which can be either Internet Explorer 6+, Firefox 1.5+ or Safari 1.2+.
Its really a good concept and it is free too.

Link: http://www.radiusim.com

I Love IM is a web messenger application that allows you to stay connected with your favorite Instant Messenger almost anywhere. You need a computer with just a browser only. There is no need to download and install any software or Java plug-ins into your computer to use I Love IM Web Instant Messenger. I Love IM provides friendly, light and very easy to use web-based interface with almost all core features from the original Instant Messenger and It works behind a firewall or proxy servers. You can message your friends on MSN, AOL, Gtalk and Yahoo! Messenger.

Link: http://www.iloveim.com

Snimmer is a personal instant messaging web page that helps you stay in touch with your friends. You can chat in a group with all of your friends at once or chat individually via Web IM or regular IM. Through Snimmer you can access different networks, such as MSN, Yahoo, AOL, ICQ, GTalk and Jabber. You can also add your photos and create your profile. Free to use.

Link: http://www.snimmer.com

Mabber developed a mobile application that lets you chat and send messages wherever you are. Required is a recent mobile phone equipped with Java and some sort of data-plan. After login you can transfer the existing contacts from other instant messaging networks (AIM, ICQ, MSN Messenger, Yahoo! Messenger) to your account. You can use Mabber either on the web or download the mobile client for your Java-enabled phone. With Mabber you can send messages with low cost, as it is cheaper than using SMS text messaging (1 kb of data allows for about 7 messages). Free to use.

Link: http://www.mabber.com

Easy Messenger brings you the best free instant messenger service that runs entirely from your web browser. You can combine your MSN, ICQ, AIM, Yahoo! and Jabber contacts into one solution. With the build-in RSS reader you are always up-to-date with your favorite RSS feeds. In order to use Easy Messenger you need to register to the site. Free to use.

Link: http://www.mijnmessenger.nl

IMunitive is a web service that allows you to connect to the MSN, Yahoo & AIM networks. IMunitive allows users to personalize their contacts list by adding details and creating groups. In the chat window, you can invite any buddy from a different IM network (e.g. while you are chatting with MSN buddy you can invite other buddy from Yahoo or AIM into the same chat session). IMunitive is free to use but requires users to open an account.

Link: http://www.imunitive.com

Messenger FX is a web-based service that lets you access the MSN instant messaging network without having to install anything on your computer. The access is protected through encryption and the interface is available in multiple languages. There is no possibility to talk to contacts that are on other IM networks. Free to use.

Link: http://www10.messengerfx.com

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