I was wondering if there is an IM/chat client that can log in to Live Mail to check my emails as well as Facebook etc like the new WLM can do?
asked 25 Jun '10, 02:22
Although I don't know exactly what the new WLM is capable of, here's what might be interesting for you:
Pidgin handles all kind of IM-protocols. Regarding MSN, you can open your hotmail inbox via Accounts -> MSN -> Open Hotmail Inbox. Pidgin also supports facebook chat and news through a plugin.
Also, there's Gwibbler, which describes itself as microblogging client supporting Twitter, Identi.ca, StatusNet, Facebook, Flickr, Digg, FriendFeed, and Qaiku.
answered 25 Jun '10, 17:31
Using one Jabber client to connect to all services
I would stay away from using clients that connect to all of the different services - no, let me qualify that. I would stay away from configuring my clients to connect to all of the various services.
On the windows side, you have apps like trillian, which I've always found to be problematic once you hook it into all of your accounts. IMO, it is preferable to just use a client to connect to a server that supports all of the protocols, and thereby relieve your workstation of all the resource burdens.
A list of really good Jabber Clients to choose from
You can download and install messaging clients like PSI, Pidgin, or Miranda (Another user provided the link to Kopete already, which is also an excellent client) and then use the XMPP server at "POSSR.com", which supports every single service except for Skype and IRC. it even supports Gadu Gadu, and the more corporate Lotus and IBM based messaing services too, as well as MSN, YIM, AIM, Jabber, ICQ, Google Talk, gmail, Google Wave, etc., etc., etc...
Create your initial Jabber account in your client
When you install your jabber client, just create an account at POSSR.com (if you want your id to be joe, then create an account from within your client for joe@POSSR.com, for example), and then just add support for all of your other IM services through your account on that XMPP server.
After you enable all of your various messaging gateways, all of your friends lists, etc., will appear every time you fire up your jabber client and you'll only have to run one client, instead of many, and only have to connect to one server, instead of many.
Enabling the Communications Gateways
To enable this functionality, once you have finished creating your jabber account at POSSR.com via the client of your choice (be it Kopete, Pidgin, PSI, whatever), then you simply enable the following gateway services which you can pick and choose:
Again, irc has been disabled as a gateway service on POSSR.com due to much abuse, but all of the other services are available except for Skype itself :)
I hope that helps :)
I have to concur with Jazz - I use Pidgin on a daily basis, the best direct-chatter around, be aware (and not surprized) that if and when coupled with hotmail - as in my case - you will get "freiend requests" - user's discresion to the use of that...
answered 25 Jun '10, 19:33
You might find Kopete useful too.
I use Pidgin on my laptop because it's included with Linux mint, it does the job and I have no real complaints. On my desktop I run Arch Linux with KDE and find Kopete is just as good, it is better with e-mail alerts and that kind of thing in my opinion.
You can find it here. Hope it helps.
answered 02 Jul '10, 21:08