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Top Instant Messaging Programs


Instant Messaging programs are a great way to keep in touch with friends, family and colleagues. There are a lot of options out there, but here are some of the most popular.


AIM has all the features you would expect from IM software including chat, photo sharing, custom skins and chat transcript archives.

Yahoo! Messenger

Yahoo! Messenger is a simple to use IM program. The free download allows you to chat with friends, make inexpensive voice calls, share a webcam, listen to an online radio station and share files. You can log on your own Messenger on your desktop or via the Yahoo! website wherever you have Internet access. Yahoo! Messenger also allows you to chat with friends using Windows Live Messenger.

Windows Live Messenger

Windows Live Messenger was previously known as MSN Messenger. It comes with features such as folder sharing, chat, voice chat and special alerts for interesting news and information. Windows Live Messenger currently allows you to choose a favorite charity to "support." Revenue earned from ads will be donated to the user's chosen charity. You can use Windows Live Messenger to chat with friends on Yahoo! as well.

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