With Microsoft’s MSN messenger and the Yahoo equivalent, Y! Messenger, finally teaming up now that Microsoft is building its Live services, there aren’t many IM services that aren’t inner-connected. ICQ and AIM already were compatible with eachother after AOL bought Mirabilis in 1998. So that only leaves Jabber and Google Talk (which has a Jabber-based protocol) that play on their own.
Also with the emergance of the Microsoft Live, they offer a browser version for when you’re on the road. There have been many of such web-based clients before it in the past and there are still new ones emerging, like the nice Kool IM, released less than a week ago.
So when will we be using 1 single IM and who will own it?