Instantbird for Windows 1.5

4.0 out of 5 stars 4.0 (54 votes)


Windows 7/8/2000/Vista/XP / Open Source / 2,407 downloads

Instantbird is a multi-protocol Instant Messaging client. Using it, you can connect to all your different IM accounts. It uses the Mozilla rendering engine to display IMs, and the Pidgin libpurple to connect to the different networks. Instantbird is a free and open source software.

Reviews of Instantbird for Windows

  1. 3 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 0.1.3 (Dec 19, 2008)

    I'll treat this like Spicebird - another clone of an app that is already good, it's not like its bad, its just been done, no need to reinvent the wheel. I'll still stay with Pidgin, especially considering I can now use FaceBook Chat with it.


    Digsby uses Audio/Video through TokBox so its no major implementation, and GTK doesn't look bad when you change the theme to match your computers theme. But I am with you on the fact that Digsby is a safe app, I've tried it, I liked it, but it doesn't support all of the protocols I need.

  2. 3 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 0.1.3 (Dec 19, 2008)

    To everyone who thinks this has great potential, take the time to try 'Digsby', which BN had posted a few days ago... too many Multi-IM clients are focused on standards compliant application framework development and the end result suffers and is neglected. I'm passionate about the benefits of Miranda IM... hate Pidgin due to GTK and the feeling that the project has lost momentum and interest (right when audio/video became a focus in Google Summer of Code)... and well, Digsby impresses me GREATLY. It does everything that this app is setting out to do, and it's already available with a lower memory footprint.

    And Kylde, Digsby does not install malware. It installs a way for the organization to generate revenue. As a developer, I can appreciate their model as it is transparent and for users like you and I, we can opt out because we actually -care-. There's nothing malicious about Digsby.

    "Lastly, we have made this module 100% optional. You can disable it in the main menu by going to “Help > Support Digsby” and disabling the “Help Digsby Conduct Research” option. We linked to this blog post in the FAQ section of our website and we’ll be adding more info explaining this feature into Digsby itself, as well as, more extensive options like the ability to set how much of your CPU to use."

  3. 1 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 0.1.3 (Dec 19, 2008)

    Rubbish. Didn't manage to get it running. Kept crashing with various missing dll's. Tried copying all over from my Firefox installation, but didn't help.

  4. 1 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 0.1.3 (Dec 19, 2008)

    A fantastic piece of software, but you are not welcome so there is no way to download it. Or they're counting all those empty clicks as downloads.

  5. 4 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 0.1.3 (Dec 19, 2008)

    Shows tremendous potential, and this is an early project so I will rate it fairly.

    What I really need out of this is a way to identify mobile users because I have a few friends who switch between their phones and PC's, and it really needs a taskbar icon..taskbar icons are a must for IM programs.

    Tons of potential, I like it!

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