Miranda IM 0.8.0

The Miranda IM team is proud to introduce Miranda IM v0.8. Miranda IM v0.8 contains hundreds of new features including the ability to add and manage accounts from the new Account Manager. Also, SSL support is now built-in to take advantage of encrypted connections (no more configuration is needed). It is highly recommended that users upgrade to take advantage of all of the new features. Below, you will find a list of the many of the issues addressed in this release.

Miranda IM is the smaller, faster, easier instant messenger with support for multiple protocols. Designed from the ground-up to be resource efficient while still providing a rich feature set, Miranda includes support for AIM, Jabber, ICQ, IRC, MSN, Yahoo, Gadu-Gadu and more. Additionally, with the choice of hundreds of plugins, icons, sounds and other content, Miranda IM gives you the ability to modify, customise and extend functionality to make it your own.

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i personally like Pidgin more because it's a simple 'install and use' with minimal configuration and has a decent interface by default.

ThaCrip said,
i personally like Pidgin more because it's a simple 'install and use' with minimal configuration and has a decent interface by default.

I was long time Pidgin user, and actually still do use it occasionally for my MSN (the sense of an AIO IM client isn't always good when you have separate identities), though for the past 6 months have been using MirandaIM for one sole reason: skins. If Pidgin had skinning support and didn't use GTK while on Windows, I'd take Pidgin over MirandaIM.

Was quite long since i tried Miranda out.

I'm trying this new version, and I must say it doesn't look THAT bad out of the box, and it's easy to get started with. Definately gonna try it out since MSN Live Messenger is so cluttered with useless crap.

Yeah, now since they fixed offline messaging in 0.8, if they just added some support for webcams and handwriting (at least displaying it from the other contact), I can uninstall WLM :P

SMELTN said,
Do I still have to download a million plugin's to make it look decent?

You're exaggerating, Modern Contact List + TabSRMM, and you're good to go.

hotdog963al said,
That is the WHOLE point. Everything is modular.

I used to think the whole "everything is modular" is some kind of dream; but now I think it is kind of a cop-out for the developers from doing things that directly affect users. The fact it took them this long to get multiple accounts of the same type working without DLL renaming is an example of this phenomenon. Only within the narrow subset of "OMG PERFORMANCE" users would this be considered acceptable.

In other words, the Linux mentality bleeding over into Windows.

I still think it is a great product, mind you. But extreme modularity brings a sort of haphazard feel to the whole experience, because bob8231 has no inkling of human interface guidelines, and ninja928's plugin has its own color scheme, etc.