Can you recommend alternatives to Windows Live Messenger that allow photo sharing and custom emoticons?

Silver Knight January 9, 2013
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Since Windows Live Messenger will shut down for most people (aside from Mainland China), in March, does anyone know any viable alternatives with similar features?

I don’t want to lose the ability to share photos, and the ability to use custom emoticons that were available in Windows Live Messenger.

Thanks for your help,
Silverknight

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  1. nukestar
    May 22, 2013 at 5:39 pm

    How about aMSN?

  2. Adrie Kooijman
    April 20, 2013 at 7:39 pm

    And of course torchat for those who value their privacy.

  3. Adrie Kooijman
    April 20, 2013 at 7:27 pm

    I've been using Miranda IM for many years. As pidgin and others It can use many protocols from wlm to yahoo gmail gadu gadu and many more (bu no native skype)
    I particulary like Miranda because she's female (kidding) and because of the compact, interface. Furthermore there are tons off addons to add extra protocols, skins, iconsets and so on.
    See http://www.miranda-im.org/

  4. IMan
    April 1, 2013 at 9:09 pm

    Trillian Pidgin Digsby These are all great as they support multiple IM's. Even if your contacts use Gtalk, MSN, Skype, ICQ, or anything else you can add them. Look them up and pick your choice :) I don't like Skype because 1. no offline messages and 2. no custom emoticons

  5. IMan
    April 1, 2013 at 9:08 pm

    Trillian
    Pidgin
    Digsby

    These are all great as they support multiple IM's. Even if your contacts use Gtalk, MSN, Skype, ICQ, or anything else you can add them.
    Look them up and pick your choice :)
    I don't like Skype because 1. no offline messages and 2. no custom emoticons

  6. Ahmed Musani
    January 11, 2013 at 12:15 pm

    Skype is a better alternative amongst gmail and others

    • George
      April 1, 2013 at 12:45 am

      Ahmed ... Skype is no alternative to Windows Live Messenger. If you loved WLM, don't waste your time with Skype. Get on the market and look for something better.

    • Joseph
      April 9, 2013 at 12:11 am

      I agree with George. Skype is no alternative to WLM. I've been using Trillian since I was told WLM would shut down, although I'm still looking for something better. I have a gmail account, so after reading this, perhaps I'll just abandon my hotmail completely and go with them.

  7. Douglas Mutay
    January 10, 2013 at 12:41 pm

    I can suggest you using Google Talk. I had to completeley switch to it although hotmail used to be my favorite. Gtalk has a lot of good features and the one i particularly like is the go "off the record". Why? because sometimes, you don't want a particular chat with someone to be saved. Most IM services give no indication of whether the person you're chatting with is saving your conversation. But when chatting Gtalk, you can go "off the record," so that nothing typed from that point forward gets saved in anyone's Gmail account. Plus you have video chat, you can also call another computer.
    Also check out this great article from MUO http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/6-reasons-gtalk-free-instant-messagin-service/

  8. Yiz Borol
    January 10, 2013 at 10:09 am

    Skype works pretty well, I don't know about custom emoticons but it has a fairly robust number of emoticons and it also provides file sharing. plus you get video chat

  9. Silhoutte James
    January 10, 2013 at 7:32 am

    Use Gtalk or gmail messanger, or you can chose to work on yahoo messanger. These both messangers have all the features which you want.

    http://www.mizwhiz.com/women-and-internet/e-mail/forget-e-mailing-use-these-cool-never-before-features-of-your-gmail-account.html

  10. ha14
    January 9, 2013 at 10:00 pm
  11. Nirdesh Naagar
    January 9, 2013 at 7:12 pm

    what about gmail messenger?

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