Friday, June 08, 2007

Miranda - The Lightest IM on Earth!

Miranda IM is an open-source multi protocol instant messenger client for Microsoft Windows. It's smaller, faster, easier! More about Miranda IM

I have been itching to talk about Miranda for some months now. I have used Psi before (its light) and have liked it too. But currently Miranda has taken its spot for really being the lightest and fastest one amongst all IMs I have used. Checking the memory usage when Miranda is loaded I found it to always hover around 6-7MB. The least being a steady 3.50MB and max up to 10MB. And this is with the few plugins I added to Miranda to make it work jazzier. Thats another interesting aspect of Miranda, the plugin section which has quite a few community provided plugins which add extra glitz to the IM. I have for example: popups, extra menu options etc...
Most of these plugins are small dll files which you have to put in Miranda's plugin directory to get them recognised and activated. Simple yet efficient the mark of a very good software. I have been using it for sometime and my only qualms have been its unfashionable looks and at times difficult to 'find' right plugins. Mind you it works excellently well without any plugin anyways. Since its multi protocol (I have AIM, Yahoo and Gtalk together) it suits my needs perfectly well as I don't have to open different chat clients together each trying to be a bigger hog on my system than the other. Even Gtalk supposed to be one of the lightest IMs, is way heavy and huge compared to Miranda. Obviously this is only a text IM and I did not see voice chat, IM environments, jumping smilies, new shade effects etc...

But in case you are looking for a truly light, simple, multi protocol, really free, stable and a Instant Messenger then look no further - Miranda is one of its kind.

The latest release of Miranda as I write is: 0.6.8 Download Now

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