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Meebo Tops in Web-Based IM Services

At a Glance

With its sleek interface, connections to all the major IM services, and quick performance, this Web service could replace your desktop app.

Pros

  • Lets you connect to most major IM services
  • Lets you store chat logs

Cons

  • Has difficulty notifying you of new messages
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At a Glance

This Web service features a nice interface and support for most IM services, but it requires registration.

Pros

  • Supports multiple IM services
  • Offers unique location-based features

Cons

  • Requires registration
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At a Glance

This service will fill in for your IM client when you're away from your desk, but its lack of notification and customization tools may limit its appeal.

Pros

  • Lets you choose between two versions
  • Lets you log on to multiple services at once

Cons

  • Lacks a typing indicator and time stamp
  • No notification of new messages
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At a Glance

While its performance is occasionally slow, Imhaha offers an impressive array of security and collaboration features.

Pros

  • Buddy list and message windows have a nice layout
  • Offers unique collaboration features

Cons

  • Service can be slow to respond
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At a Glance

This service suffers from a confusing interface and its inability to let you access multiple services at once.

Pros

  • Log-on is quick

Cons

  • Can't connect to multiple services at once
  • Interface is confusing
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At a Glance

ILoveIM.com will let you access your IM account in a pinch, but its limitations overshadow its usefulness.

Pros

  • Lets you use an existing screen name and password

Cons

  • Doesn't let you log on to multiple services
  • Interface is busy
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