Instantbird is het multiprotocol-instantmessagingprogramma van Mozilla. Het maakt gebruik van libpurple om verbinding te maken met de verschillende netwerken, zoals ook Adium en Pidgin dat doen. Je kan dus zonder problemen berichten uitwisselen via onder andere AIM, Facebook Chat, Google Talk, Twitter, ICQ, MSN, en Yahoo. Voor meer informatie verwijzen we naar deze pagina. De ontwikkelaars hebben versie 1.0 uitgebracht met de volgende aankondiging:
Instantbird 1.0 released in 11 locales!
The Instantbird team is pleased to announce a polished Instantbird 1.0, released today in 11 locales.
Instantbird is an extremely easy to use and highly extensible instant messaging client that aims to respect its users!
Building on the experience available via open-source software, Instantbird is able to harness the power of Pidgin (via its libpurple protocol library) and of Mozilla's Firefox technology, to provide access to a wide variety of instant messaging networks, while providing an easy (and well known) extension platform. Although Instantbird is fully cross-platform (Windows, Mac OS X, Linux), we strive to present a native look-and-feel to the user interface.
First and foremost, Instantbird is an instant messaging client with a wide variety of supported networks, including:
But also many others like: Gadu-Gadu, Novell Groupwise, ICQ, IRC, MySpaceIM, Netsoul, QQ, SIMPLE, Yahoo! JAPAN, and even more optionally available on the Instantbird Add-Ons website, such as Omegle and LJ Talk (LiveJournal).
- AOL Instant Messenger (AIM)
- Facebook Chat
- Google Talk
- Windows Live Messenger (MSN Messenger)
- XMPP (Jabber)
- Yahoo! Messenger
We feel that a user should be able to make their instant messaging client their own: we feel Instantbird can be customized best by giving the user a simple and efficient user interface, and not attempting to include hundreds of bundled options, but allowing the user to customize via the powerful extensibility included in the Mozilla platform. All elements of Instantbird are customizable, from the message theme itself (we've built on the great message style format used in Adium) to the Instantbird theme, user interface and protocols. There are already over 250 add-ons available, here are some of our favorites:
- Colorize -- change a buddy's color in a private conversation based on their name
- Highlight -- be notified of certain words in a chat as if they were your nickname
- Tab Complete -- tab completion of nicknames and commands
- Reply to Nick -- allows easy replying: double clicking a message in the chat inserts the sender's name in the message input box
- Show Nick -- colors the nicknames in messages in multi-user chats
- Vertical Tabs -- too many conversations open? Move the tabs from horizontal to vertical!
As part of our belief in respecting our users, we give them an ad-free experience and respect their privacy by not collecting any information about them (Instantbird contacts our servers only when checking for updates, or in the unfortunate and uncommon event of a crash).