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IM via the Web

It didn't take long for instant messaging to become indispensable for many users. But how will you connect when you're away from the IM client software on your home or work PC? The four big-name IM services now offer Web-hosted versions of their software that let you send and receive text messages from any PC with an Internet connection (see the list below). However, remembering addresses, names, and passwords for multiple IM services is a problem that cries out for a Web solution. Meebo (in alpha) answers the call with its free universal IM service that supports AIM, MSN Messenger, Yahoo Messenger, and ICQ, plus the Jabber service (which Google's Gtalk uses).

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