Trillian, the popular multiple-personality IM client, recently upgraded to version 5, giving it a refreshed interface, improved social integration, and, get this, all of the Pro features from previous versions, all for free. Now every user can enjoy themes, activity history viewer, and multiple location sign-in, along with the newly developed continuous client feature, which keeps chats synced across all devices. For now, these upgrades have only hit the Windows client (download) and the now free Android app (download). Mac, iOS, and Blackberry are all on deck.
While the idea of free is nice, as we all know, nothing ever truly comes without a cost. In this case, these new releases are ad-supported, which is not a big deal, but a cost nonetheless. Some may find the in-chat offers annoying, but overall, we found them rather inconspicuous. However, we did notice, the slyly placed offers during the Windows install, so unless you're into bloated toolbars, be sure to opt out of the Ask and eBay add-ons.
Trillian also offers a new Pro account for $12 a year, which gets you a completely ad-free experience and access to the pretty nifty online chat storage feature. Paid account holdovers from version 4 still get the ad-free experience, but will have to upgrade to Trillian 5 Pro to get the online chat storage. Paid mobile customers get the ad-free experience and free updates, but again, no online chat storage until they upgrade to the new Pro account.
In our opinion, ads or no ads, the major improvements and new continuous client feature are well worth the move to Trillian 5 for Windows. And for the Android mobile owners, there's not much to deliberate here--Trillian used to be $4.99 and now it's free.