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    July 08, 2008
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Your mother uses AOL Instant Messenger. Your spouse prefers MSN. Your office insists on Yahoo. What are you going to do? You could run all those chat clients at once, or you could use Gaim, now renamed Pidgin. Like Trillian, Fire, and other third-party IM clients, this open-source messaging application lets you access multiple IM networks from one window, including Google Talk and MySpaceIM as well as lesser-known protocols such as Jabber and Gadu-Gadu.

Pidgin's biggest change is the redesigned interface. The Buddy List can be viewed in Basic or Advanced mode, and the most important features, including the Plug-in List, have been graduated from the Preferences window into their own panes. Twenty-two plug-ins come prepackaged as Pidgin repositions itself as a highly extensible chat client.

The IM features are unimpeachable: smileys (you can find tons of emoticons on the developer's site), file transfers, and multiperson chats. The Buddy Pounce feature lets you automatically perform certain actions (play a sound, execute a command, open an IM window) when a contact signs on or off. Pidgin also gets lots of intangibles right: logging and time-stamping, for instance, are well-executed and easy to access. However, it lacks IP telephony and video conferencing, and there are still some bugs--most notably in the Help menu. Still, Pidgin remains a highly recommended text-only messaging app.

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5 stars

"Great software!"

April 11, 2013  |  By j-med

 |  Version: Pidgin 2.10.7


Pidgin allows you to collect all your messenger contacts into one single program.

You can chat with people in different networks at the same time, without having to clutter your desk with n different windows.


Can't think of any. :)


Pidgin works great for somebody like me with friends in many different networks.

I love how I can integrate all those platforms in one single, user-friendly software.

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5 stars

"Nice program"

February 22, 2013  |  By MikeSr39

 |  Version: Pidgin 2.10.7


multi IM use and easy to set up


Have problems with ICQ and installing it to Pidgin

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Full Specifications

What's new in version 2.4.3
Version 2.4.3 may include unspecified updates, enhancements, or bug fixes.
Publisher Pidgin
Publisher web site
Release Date July 08, 2008
Date Added July 08, 2008
Version 2.4.3
Category Communications
Subcategory Chat
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Me, Windows 98, Windows NT, Windows
Additional Requirements Windows 98/Me/NT/2000/XP
Download Information
File Size 9.14MB
File Name pidgin-2.10.9.exe
Total Downloads 738,948
Downloads Last Week 118
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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