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Windows Equivalent to Ichat?


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I havent got a MacBook yet, so im killing for a windows equivalent to Ichat.


Is there, or what is the best windows equivalent?
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Trillian would probably be the closest thing to iChat. You can get skin packs from DeviantArt.com to match iChat.
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I 2nd Trillian. I used to use it till I tried OSX and started using it for 95% of my computer needs. Trillian is a very good multi chat client. I have it on my one Laptop PC.
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Not only is Trillian great for the multi-client part, but it's very, very customizable as well.
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If you only use AOL service and not say MSN or Yahoo or whatever, just use AIM. It's simple and easy. Just watch out because I know they used to bundle stupid apps in with AIM, like weatherbug and other adware junk that no one really wants.
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If you only use AOL service and not say MSN or Yahoo or whatever, just use AIM. It's simple and easy. Just watch out because I know they used to bundle stupid apps in with AIM, like weatherbug and other adware junk that no one really wants.
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They still do. I downloaded it for my Dell the other day, and it gloms on like that face-hugger from Aliens. Wanted to test AIM video capability, with a new webcam for my PC (to try with iChat and my iSight; didn't work) and I'll get around to uninstalling it one of these days.

gaim is a good AIM client for Windows. I used that before I got my Macbook.
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Here's another vote for Trillian. I've used it for a long time and it's the best multi-service IM client out there IMO.
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Nothing will ever be EXACTLY like iChat, so why not go for ease of use? Meebo.com is awesome. It's and in-browser chat app, for msn, aim, and more. Check it out
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im after the video confrencing side of things also. whats best for this, something like skype?
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Oh, in that case, I don't know,
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Personally I can't stand the free version of trillian... it's just, er, yuck. I use pidgin instead. As for video conferencing, I'm not sure there are any freeware apps out there, but doesn't MSN Messenger support that?

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For cross platform video conference, or video voice chat...i'd say go with Skype. There are others, but skype is probably the easiest cross platform. That's just my personal opinion.

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Just be careful in the installation of AIM. I did and AIM is fine for me.
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If you are looking for full duplex audio and video conferencing then i would suggest http://www.mynetuniverse.com/aaronparker It has many features that AIM SKYPE and WEB X lack such as whiteboard, desktop sharing and any file sharing take a look at the site and if u have any questions PM me hope that helps!
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