I remember a time when the internet was something that you had to ask your parents not to use the phone for. Dial-up was the way forward, and as a result of the low bandwidth requirements, MSN messenger took off as the IM of choice. If you didn’t have a hotmail account, you weren’t part of the ‘IT’ crowd. There’s some irony in there somewhere…

Since then, a plethora of new internet based companies and applications have seen solid growth and success in the internet communications sector. Though MSN has kept a strong footing in the IM space, other applications have been quick to integrate across networks and protocols.

Adium Clients

If you’re a mac user like myself, you’ll likely be well aware of Adium, the multi-client IM app for Mac. If you’re not familiar with it, Adium is a free instant messaging application for Mac OS X that can connect to AIM, MSN, Jabber, Yahoo, and more. Learn more about Adium…

Increasing, I’ve started using iChat and Skype as my IM clients of choice, though Skype wasn’t necessarily development for this purpose, it does a good job.

With only a minor update being released in February ’09, is it time for Microsoft to re-think their IM client for Mac? Leave your thoughts as a comment below!