Apr 27 2009
Well, all over Mac-dom Apple enthusiasts will be gathering at their local Apple Store tonight for the proud unveiling of Apple’s new Jaguar.
One of Jaguar’s nifty new features is iChat, a nicely integrated AIM client. Well, what of the other chat clients? The last few weeks have seem some major updates…
Dear to all of our hearts, many feared Yahoo messenger would never make it to Mac OS X. But the days of petition are over and Yahoo Messenger is out in all its Aqua glory. Pretty much identical to it’s older counterparts, the latest update provides file transfer, and introduces webcam support, an OS X first.
Another chat system that most of the die-hard chatters are familiar with, ICQ had just made its OS X alpha debut (although people have been using 3rd party universal clients since Fire came out for OS X). With a par feature set including SMS message sending and POP email monitoring, this update puts ICQ back in an enviable position. Of course, now that ICQ has been merged with AIM you could also use…
As my pick for best utility, The recently updated version of AOL’s Instant Messenger is packed with features including POP email alerts, file transfers and direct and community chat. The most useful feature has to be the ability to share a selected folder with your “buddys”. Do be careful, this is a stupendous security risk if mishandled, but it can also be a great file sharing method with Macs not on your network.
While AIM is my pick for utility, MSN has to be my pick for style. MSN is the most Aqua-ish of the pack, and comes with a decent feature set. MSN boasts the ability to send files unlimited in size to Mac and PC users. It also sports the ability to send messages to mobile devices and monitor your Hotmail account.
Whatever chat network you chose to use, there’s a nice new OS X client out there for you. So now all you need is something to chat about.