If you re looking to cut down on IM hassle, this freebie makes a pretty compelling option. Similar to programs such as Trillian, this program lets you access your ICQ, Yahoo, MSN, AOL, and IRC accounts from one elegant blue interface. You just sign into different accounts with your username and password, and all your contacts will appear in the main window. IM2 operates like most other chat clients we ve seen, with features that allow you to disable logging, add emoticons, or attach files. Video and VoIP communication options are available, but unfortunately, they only work with users who also have IM2 installed. Like other programs in this class, you can enable this one to alert you when you have new e-mail. We can recommend IM2 to anyone who runs multiple chat programs and needs to consolidate.
What's new in version 1.5
ReleaseNovember 7, 2008
Date AddedJanuary 28, 2005
Operating SystemsWindows 2000, Windows 98, Windows Me, Windows, Windows XP, Windows NT
IM2 is a next-generation communications hub, which provides streamlined access to AOL Instant Messenger, MSN, Yahoo, ICQ, and even IRC, provided the user has pre-existing accounts set up with said networks. Audio chat is made available to all IM2 users, as well as the ability to send SMS messages to mobile phones and other devices. Video conferencing also is provided across all five supported platforms, as is multi-user file sharing in mind. IM2 also boasts security with Secure Channel Encryption enabled by default across all IM communications. Dozens of graphical skins are available for IM2, including instructions for designing fully customized skins.