Pidgin (previously called Gaim) is a free open-source instant messaging client. It supports multiple protocols for various networks for both Windows and Linux. The client itself is compatible with AIM (AOL Instant Messenger), ICQ, Windows Live Messenger, Yahoo! Messenger, IRC, Jabber, Zephyr and many others.
As this program supports multiple protocols which you may use at the same time, Pidgin users can simultaneously communicate with a friend logged on MSN Messenger, IRC on another, and another on Yahoo Messenger and much more. Pidgin supports many features of these various networks, such as transferring files or customizable "Away Messages".
Pidgin actually also includes many features of its own. When you run the program, you can do things like sending a message, playing a sound or running a program when a contact goes specified, returns, or log in. Pidgin also includes a large number of plug-ins with many of them being of the novelty or productivity sort. One cool thing is the option to change abbreviations or Internet lingo with the actual meaning of the text; IE. LOL becomes "Laughing out loud".
A totally free instant messaging client with loads of free addons and top functionality, we highly recommend using Pidgin if you want access to some extra features or if you're logged in the multiple instant messaging networks.
Pidgin can text chat, join chat rooms, connect to multiple IM networks and video conference.Pidgin features and highlights:
Pidgin is licensed as Freeware for Windows (32-bit and 64-bit) operating system / platform from instant messaging software without restrictions. Pidgin 2.12.0 is available to all software users as a free download (Freeware).
Compatibility with this instant messenger software may vary, but will generally run fine under Microsoft Windows 10, 8, 8.1, 7, Vista and XP on either a 32-bit or 64-bit setup. A separate x64 version may be available from The Pidgin Team.
We have tested Pidgin 2.12.0 against malware with several different programs. We certify that this program is clean of viruses, malware and trojans. [Read more]