Mickey asks, I have recently swapped my MAC for a Windows PC. I can’t seem to find my favorite Instant messenger iChat for Windows. Does it exist? If it does where can I download it?
iChat is native MAC application which has been setting the bar for instant messaging services. To be honest, I can’t think of a single IM client that can be compared to iChat as far as its ease of use, stability and integration features are concerned.
Unfortunately Mickey iChat for Windows PC doesn’t really exist and there is little hope that Apple will be gifting it to Windows users anytime soon. What you can do for now is try out the following alternative clients which are somewhat similar to iChat in features.
AIM (AOL Instant Messenger)
AIM is one of the IM clients that you can look forward to as a replacement for iChat for Windows. It is light, consumes very little system resources and pretty responsive most of the times. To say it in a line – It is a complete Instant Messenger which now even supports integration of social networking sites like Facebook, MySpace and Twitter.
The best part is that you can chat with your iChat friends with AIM i.e. they don’t need to install AIM separately on their MAC. AIM supports text messaging, audio chat, video chat and group chat features. However group chat with people using iChat seems to be having some niggles and needs to be sorted out.
The next best alternative to iChat for Windows would be Pidgin. With Pidgin you can log into accounts on multiple chat networks like AIM, ICQ, Google Talk, Jabber/XMPP, MSN Messenger, Yahoo, Bonjour, MySpaceIM, and Zephyr. The list doesn’t end there; you can add many more with plugins.
Pidgin also supports most of the features of the other chat clients such as file transfers, away messages, buddy icons, custom similes, and typing notifications.
So there you have it, you can’t have iChat for Windows but you sure can experience something similar with the alternatives. Hope this answers your questions.