For ad-free, clean communication, you could do much worse than AIM. While there's stiff competition from the likes of WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger, AIM holds up well thanks to a lovely interface and rich feature set.
The UI is clutter-free and intuitive, and there's seamless syncing across platforms (though there are some issues with the desktop platform). The servers seem to be decent, so you can rely on messages being delivered lightning-fast.
Even after multiple updates, there seem to be some lingering bugs: notifications aren't reliable, the display shows 'typing' at the wrong times, and changes to settings aren't always effected. There also seems to be a great amount of spam being sent to AIM users too.
Tags: aim , aim widget
May 20, 2015