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Looking for suggestions on an Instant Messaging client - Universal and patch friendly

Hi,

We are looking for a universal IM client that can be configured with as many vendors are possible (hotmail, yahoo, gmail, etc) and can be easily patch.

The IM will be installed in 80% MS windows 7 workstations and 20% MACs so it will be great if the client can work on both platform.

Any suggestions and reason why we should go with that client will be greatly appreciated.

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I really like Pidgin: http://www.pidgin.im/

It has encrypted chat message capabilities so we use it at work.

The Mac OSX version is called Adium (it's the same thing though): http://www.pidgin.im/download/mac/
http://adium.im/
Oh here's the page on plugins:
https://developer.pidgin.im/wiki/ThirdPartyPlugins

And in the security section we use the "Off-the-Record Messaging" for encrypted chat.  You can enable it by opening pidgin then clicking on tools -> plugins -> and check the box for "Off-the-Record Messaging"
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Really the best solution will be cloud based IM solution. Cost is not an issue if the solution is worth the money. Any ideas?