Top Web-Based Messengers for Chat

When you cannot download an IM client, web messengers are a great, web-based alternative for keeping in touch with friends and family. Unlike other multi-protocol IM clients, web messengers require nothing more than a screen name to your favorite IM and a web browser.

The exciting web-based chats reviewed here offer great user experiences, each unique to their audience. But, which web messenger is best for your needs?

Meebo was a personal favorite, but it's no longer available since it was absorbed by Google. However, there remain many web messengers that can address your needs, whether you chat from home, school, work or on a public computer, where a download may not be possible.

AIM Express Web Messenger

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Just like AIM, AIM Express web-based chat client offers access to your friends on AIM, Facebook Chat and ICQ. The only difference is you can keep in touch with this light, fast web messenger application without a download.  Also includes access to AIM Lifestream, for quick access to Facebook, MySpace and Twitter, Buddy icon support, and more. Web Messenger

Even as an independent web messenger, is a powerful, exciting IM client and web browser all-in-one.  In addition to support for AIM, Gtalk, ICQ, Windows Live Messenger, Yahoo! Messenger, users can also use Chatab's integrated web browser to search the web while chatting with friends.

eBuddy Web Messenger

Recently updated with a fresh re-skin and faster service, eBuddy Web Messenger is one of the Internet's best web-based chats, yielding five stars in its review. Features support for AIM, ICQ, Facebook Chat, Gtalk, MySpace, Windows Live Messenger, and Yahoo! Messenger.

ICQ2Go Web Messenger

ICQ users can now get free, global access online with their fast, easy-to-use web messenger chat client, ICQ2Go. In addition to access to your favorite AIM and ICQ contacts, ICQ2Go users can send free text messages.

. Web Messenger is a single-protocol web messenger client, offering support for AIM, Gtalk, MySpace, Windows Live Messenger, and Yahoo! Messenger. Users can only access one IM service at a time.

IM+ Web Messenger

Once only a prominent mobile IM client, IM+ Web Messenger is the new sister product of SHAPE Service's IM+ client.  With support for AIM, Facebook Chat, Gtalk, ICQ, Jabber, MySpaceIM, Windows Live Messenger, and Yahoo! Messenger, users can send and receive IMs and maintain multiple accounts. Web Messenger

A multi-year nominee for the Reader's Choice Awards for Best Web-Based IM Client, is an exciting web-based chat client with support for AIM, Facebook Chat, Gtalk, MySpaceIM, Windows Live Messenger and Yahoo! Messenger. also has the distinction of having access to Skype without a download.

KoolIM Web Messenger

As a web-based chat client, KoolIM is fairly simple, but can certainly stand in for your favorite IM client when you aren't able to use it. Features support for AIM, MSN Messenger, Yahoo Messenger, Google Talk, ICQ, Jabber and Sametime.

Nimbuzz Web Messenger

As the recipient of three 2010 Reader's Choice Awards, you better believe Nimbuzz's web messenger is a real winner. In addition to chatting with friends and family on Facebook, Windows Live Messenger, Yahoo! Messenger, ICQ, AIM, MobileMe, Google Talk and more, users can also share files, too.

Windows Live Web Messenger

Windows Live Messenger (formerly MSN) users rejoice! One of the world's most favorite IM client is now available as a web messenger. Requires a web browser, Internet connection, and a Windows Live account.

Yahoo! Messenger for the Web

Yahoo! Messenger for the Web offers all the fun and excitement of Yahoo! Messenger, only without a download. Users can sign in from anywhere with an Internet connection and web browser, and chat with friends on Yahoo and Windows Live Messenger.

Top 3 Email Web Messengers

Can't find a web-based chat client you like?  Chances are your own email inbox may contain all the IM access you'll ever needs! Learn more about web messengers in your email and the top 3 most popular email chats.