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Qnext and Trillian 3.1

In response to these problems, several applications have appeared that let you monitor the IM services simultaneously using a single, advertising-free interface. Two of these, Trillian and Qnext, recently came out with new iterations of their software, and both offer free personal apps. Trillian also has a $25 Pro version that offers enhanced services, while Qnext's site says it will be offering premium services in the future.

In Short

Qnext

Until recently, I opted for Qnext. I had tried Trillian, but the version I used proved problematic. First, I found the default interface more stylish than substantial, and I didn't have the patience to start searching through skins. In addition, I had trouble configuring my MSN Messenger feed.

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