Adium is a fantastic instant messaging client. It works with most of the major IM services (GTalk, Jabber, AIM, MSN and Yahoo!) and gives you one application to use for all your instant messaging needs rather than having to open half a dozen applications to keep in touch with your contacts:
Adium is a free instant messaging application for Mac OS X, released under the GNU GPL and developed by the Adium team. With Adium, you can connect to any number of messaging accounts on any combination of supported messaging services and then chat with other people using those services.
- AOL Instant Messenger (Including ICQ and .Mac)
- Jabber (Including Google Talk)
- MSN Messenger
- Yahoo! Messenger (Including Yahoo! Japan)
- Bonjour (Compatible with iChat)
- Novell Groupwise
- Lotus Sametime
Adium is only available for Mac OS X users so this is yet another reason to consider switching to Mac.
One of the great features of Adium is how you can customise it. There is a variety of dock icons, emoticons, contact list styles, message styles, plugins, status icons and more available on the Adium site to help you achieve that perfect look and feel for the application you could find yourself spending so much time using.
This is definitely an application to have if you are a Mac user.