Originally Posted by Josiah Olson
is there a free aim account and can i use that (free)aim screen name for ichat
one more question can ichat work with any software for windows? so i can talk to my windows buddies
i also saw you can get an ichat screen name does that work?
oy! a little exploration per the web addresses given won't hurt u.
all of the messengers are free, just make sure that when signing up that u bow out of any "yes email me all the crap u have!" options. (some go the other way and reqiure that u check the spam u DON'T want sent to u, so be careful). adium is free, no signing up for accounts, so long as u have the mentioned account names/services already established.
which account to sign up for? why don't u ask what your friends use and go from there? i typically use MSN and on occasion AIM. if your friends are all over the place on different services it means u would be best served by signing up for each of the services they are on and using adium to manage the accounts and chatting. for me since i only use 2 services i run the software separately.
w/ ichat u would just need to sign up for an AIM account (the official iChat accounts thru Apple are part of the .mac services which u have to pay for). u can use ichat or the actual AIM Mac software to use your AIM username. as noted before, ICHAT IS COMPATIBLE WITH AIM. so yes, u can chat with your windows buddies who have AIM or AOL as an ISP. for basic chatting u should be fine. between Mac and windows platforms there may be some disparities in the functions for each, like file transfering and sharing, but again if u r new to IMing, then this might not be a huge isssue for u.