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are Messenger programs compatible?

By JADavis9 ·
silly beginner question here ... but are most Messenger programs compatible so I don't need to have different ones? I am so new at this ...
Currently I have Yahoo Messenger, Windows Messenger and Google Talk or Chat is set up in my gMail account. Is this all compatible and could/should I just be using one of them and would any contact who works in one of them work in any of the others?

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as in?

by PurpleSkys In reply to are Messenger programs co ...

compatible with what exactly? I have paltalk, google chat, msn, and facebook (installed but rarely logged into or running)...all of which i may use for about an hour a week, if that. In my opinion, it all depends on where you contacts are and how often you "chat" with them

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Do you mean apps compatable with the other services?

by seanferd In reply to are Messenger programs co ...

So that you need only one messenger app for all of them? http://www.google.com/search?ie=UTF-8&oe=utf-8&q=all+in+one+messenger+client

Or are you just concerned with the apps playing nice with each other? (They'll be fine.)

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really just a beginner question ...

by JADavis9 In reply to Do you mean apps compatab ...

I use Yahoo Messenger to voice call with my brother since we both have Yahoo email accounts. I thought that was needed.
But now I have another friend who uses Windows Messenger and I am wondering if I can set up anyone to work in any messenger program easily regardless of what brand of email address they have.
My other issue is ... my Yahoo Messenger automatically loads and opens a small window near my clock that shows me if my brother is online. But my Windows Messenger and my Windows Live Messenger (?) don't do anything like that even though both are set to do that in Tools > Options > Preferences. Messenger is set to Run Windows Messenger When Windows Starts and also Allow Windows Messenger To Run In The Background. And Windows Live Messenger is set on the Sign In tab to Automatically Run Windows Live Messenger When I Log On To Windows.
Apparently you can't log in at the same time to both Windows Live Messenger and Windows Messenger - right? One of them logs me off.

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I have absolutely no idea on that, sorry.

by seanferd In reply to really just a beginner qu ...

I don't use any messenger apps or services, and I always permanently disable and remove Windows messenger (the one that comes with the OS). So, I don't know why one Windows messenger would log off another, excepting that Windows or the apps or service see this as two instances of the same thing open , and frequently this is not allowed where log-ins are concerned.

Email address shouldn't matter so much as whether 2 different messenger apps will communicate with each other. This is where the all-in-one messenger clients come in handy. For example, if Windows messenger can't communicate with someone using AIM, one person would have to switch to a compatible messenger client. I don't know how compatible any given client is with another, but there seems to be some incompatibility, as this is/was one reason there is a market for the all-in-one types.

I hope someone with more experience with these things can answer your questions better!

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for your consideration

by PurpleSkys In reply to really just a beginner qu ...

try trillion, i personally have never used it, but a friend of mine has and like it when she did...see here http://www.trillian.im/
I think it will do what you are looking for and narrow it all down to one app as opposed to 2,3,4 etc...

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