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  • 5.0 stars

    "Best IM."

    June 11, 2007  |   By Fil0403


    Compatible with Yahoo! contacts; features; interface; memory footprint; performance.


    What I don't like is that CNET doesn't review the 2nd most used IM in the world, because they know they'd have to rate it 5 stars, which would break their policy of not giving more than 4 stars to any Microsoft product (products that are obvious to anyone who uses them to deserve 5 stars - and that would have 5 stars if they would be from other company - like Windows Media Player 11 and Windows Defender have only 4 stars, for instance, which I find rather interesting).

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