Mozilla is working on its popular open source e-mail client Thunderbird to make it more usable and feature rich. For example, the upcoming Thunderbird 13 will have built-in instant messaging system that allows you to IM right from Thunderbird. IM chat is already available in the latest nightly builds.
Chat for Google is an official Google Chrome extension that enables you to chat and Google+ hangouts right from your desktop. No program (like Google Talk) to download or separate browser tab (or window) is required anymore for Google Chat, just install the Chat for Google extension and start IMs from your desktop. It’ll keeps [...]