Instant Messaging Tools

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24im : Enterprise group IM. Connect your workforce. Hosted or Onsite

Adium : instant messaging application for Mac OS X that can connect to AIM, MSN, Jabber, Yahoo, and more. Download 

AIM : AOL Instant Messenger. Download/Hosted

Buddyspace : Instant messenger with four novel twists: (1) it allows optional maps for geographical & office-plan visualizations in addition to standard ‘buddy lists'; (2) it is built on open source Jabber, which makes it interoperable with ICQ, MSN, Yahoo and others; (3) it is implemented in Java, so it is cross-platform; (4) it is built by a UK research lab, so it is 100% free with full sources readily available. Download

CallBurner : Record Skype Calls. Free Trial, Download

Call Graph : Record Skype Calls. Download

Call Recorder : Record Skype calls and podcast interviews (for Mac OS). Free Trial, Download

CD Messenger : connect to communicate. Premium plan availableDownload

ChatSure : Feature rich web-based enterprise instant messaging (IM) service that enables you to set and enforce security. Free Trial, Hosted

Chit Chat for Facebook : Instant messenger that allows you to chat with all your Facebook contacts in real time with its unique, swift and easy to use tabbed message window interface. Download

Cisco Jabber : Unified communications application that brings together presence, instant messaging (IM), voice and video, voice messaging, desktop sharing and conferencing into a single consistent experience. Download

Convore : Convore is a quick way to instant message with groups of friends in real-time. Join public or private groups and talk about anything! Hosted

Digsby : A multiprotocol IM client that lets you chat with all your friends on AIM, MSN, Yahoo, ICQ, Google Talk, and Jabber with one simple to manage buddy list. Download

eBuddy : Web and mobile messaging. Hosted

Freecorder : Record Skype calls with one click. Free Trial, Download

Google Talk : Instant messaging tool for text chat to all of your gMail contacts. Also offers file transfer, voicemail, voice calls and gMail notifications. Download 

GroovyNotes : Send browser-to-browser instant messages (requires Firefox). Download

HipChat : HipChat is a hosted private chat service for your company or team. Invite colleagues to share ideas and files in persistent group chat rooms. Get your team off AIM, Google Talk, and Skype — HipChat was built for business. Free trial, Add code

IBM Lotus Sametime : Provides a core set of integrated real-time communications services—voice, data and video—that make it easy for people to find, reach and collaborate effectively with colleagues, customers and business partners. Installed

iGlance : Tiny program for talking and sharing over the internet. Download

Instantbird : A multi-protocol Instant Messaging client. Using it, you can connect to all your different IM accounts. Open source, Download

Meebo : Instant messaging everywhere. Hosted

Miranda : An open-source multi protocol instant messenger client for Microsoft Windows. It’s smaller, faster, easier! Download : Chat Rooms, Instant Messaging & Video Chat – All in One. Download<

Pamela for Skype : Ultimate tool for managing all your Skype calls. Free Trial, Download

Pidgin : Pidgin is an easy to use and free chat client used by millions. Connect to AIM, MSN, Yahoo, and more chat networks all at once. Download

Powergramo : It lets you record Skype calls of any kind. Moreover, an embedded skype answering machine makes the skype recorder even more convenient. Free Trial. Download

PrettyMay : Skype add-on voice plugin to record and replay calls. Free Trial. Download

Skype : Instant messaging and voice calls over the Internet and to landlines. A huge number of 3rd party apps. Commercial services available, Download 

Softros LAN Messengersecure serverless instant messaging program for user-to-user or multi-user message and file exchange through company network. Free TrialDownload

Trillian: IM client that supports AIM, ICQ, MSN Messenger, Yahoo Messenger and IRC. Pro version available, Download

VuRoom : Instant Multiparty Video Conferencing from Skype. Free trial, Download


WhatsApp : Instant messaging app for 1-1 and group messaging

Windows Live Messenger (previously MSN Messenger) makes it easier than ever to stay connected to the people you care about. Download 

Yahoo Messenger : Instant messaging with voice and video. Download