BitlBee allows users to talk to people on the major instant messaging and microblogging networks (including MSN, Google Talk, AIM, and Twitter) from within any IRC client by emulating an IRC server. Virtual channels are created with all of the user's contacts in them, who can be talked to in the channel or in a query. Also, one can participate in group chats and chat rooms like they were normal IRC channels.
Pidgin is a GTK2-based instant messenger application. It supports multiple protocols via modules, including AIM, ICQ, Yahoo!, MSN, Jabber, IRC, Napster, Gadu-Gadu and Zephyr. It has many common features found in other clients, as well as many unique features. Pidgin is not endorsed by or affiliated with AOL TimeWarner, Microsoft, or Yahoo.
JClaim is an instant message client, tools, and development framework. It supports AIM, ICQ, Yahoo!, MSN, Jabber, Google Talk, and SMS. The framework can be used for designing your own tools. The UI includes spell checking and a lot more. A Web interface is included for remote access.
Claros inTouch is an AJAX Web mail, instant messenger, address book, and note taker application. The main features are drag and drop support, background attachment uploading, built-in Bayesian spam protection that can identify junk mail on the fly, folder support for the POP3 protocol, compatibility with any POP3/IMAP and SMTP server, operating system independence, support for sending HTML email, and full MIME compatibility. It also features a unique AJAX instant messenger that is capable of talking with a Jabber server.
pidgin-osd is an application that uses the xosd library to print various events on the X root window on receiving incoming messages from pidgin. It is based on gaimnosd 0.7 (the last publically available version). It is mostly like the gaimnosd plugin; the only difference is that an implementation for UTF-8 conversion to the current used locale was added.