This week in The Download Dispatch, instant messaging gets upgraded. On Monday, the refurbished Trillian 5 beta for Windows was released to the masses. The all-in-one chat client (download) received a sleek interface makeover, adding LinkedIn and Foursquare social-networking services to its portfolio of social sites. In addition, this build makes entering, exiting, and registering the program a smoother process. Because this is not the final release, the application is not completely user-friendly; pinned functions and lengthy installation are just a couple of hiccups that we hope get sorted out in the next release. Digsby (download) also received an update. The multiprotocol chat program now includes group chat capabilities, and offers new LinkedIn and MySpace features.
In more communication news, Mozilla's Thunderbird Contacts add-on helps users manage e-mail and social-networking contacts straight from the desktop. The extension (download) is compatible with Gmail, Yahoo Mail, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Plaxo, melding the social Web with the mail Web.