The results are in: MSN and Windows Live Messenger win by a small margin

In last week’s dotTechies article, I asked two questions:

  • What instant messaging services do you use?
  • What is the best instant messaging client?

The polls have closed and the results are in. MSN is the most used instant messaging service and MSN/Windows Live Messenger wins the vote for best instant messaging client. However, the poll for last week has been the closest one yet; Yahoo and Skype came in close second and third place respectively and, apparently, many dotTechies don’t instant message (blasphemy!):

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To be completely honest, I sort of expected MSN to come out on top for both polls; however I also expected AIM to be up there and I really did not expect to find out many dotTechies don’t instant message!

Thank you everyone for participating! Feel free to post any thoughts on the matter below.

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  • Morgan

    I think the percentage of actual Yahoo IM users in America is larger than the rest combined. I use 3, Yahoo, Windows Live and Aol.

  • @Jyo: I think that AIM is so popular in America becuase for most people their first intro to the internet was with AOL, and so their first intro to IMing was with AIM. Now most people stick with AIM, having left AOL a while ago, because it’s too much of a head ach to move.

  • Jyo

    AIM and live messenger are the only two I have ever used. (as a person who lives in America)

    Why is AIM so popular in America anyways?

  • Refpeuk

    I can’t believe people don’t think that skype has a good interface. IMHO it’s way better than any of it’s competitors.

  • Akash

    Yea MSN is quite popular here in New Zealand and i think Australia too and hardly anyone uses AOL so i guess thats why the results are like that.

  • @Ashraf: In which case it would be boring, the fighting is the fun part :(

    Yes that’s true, and sorta cool! :D

  • Ashraf

    @Samuel: True. However I don’t think we have many Mac readers to defend Apple =P.

    According to Alexa only ~37% traffic to dotTech is from within the USA. We truly are an international, multi-cultured bunch!

  • @Ashraf: Whether I agree with you about apple I don’t need us turning this into a fanboy fight post. Though they are fun to read when I need a good laugh, I think you don’t and I know I don’t want to get all those emails from the postings.

    Interesting point I didn’t think of, though I supose you have access to local’s dotTechies are from more then me.

  • Ashraf

    @Samuel: Apple. Pfft. I wouldn’t mind buying a Mac (13.3 inch notebook – the 15.4 inch notebook is way too overpriced in my opinion vs. a 15.4 inch notebook PC) if it wasn’t for the fact that many, many software are still yet to support Mac. I don’t want to run to Windows every other minute – that defeats the purposes of having Mac OS X!

    I believe the reason why WLM/MSN won is because many dotTechies are from outside the USA. Google Talk and AIM are big in the USA but WLM/MSN is bigger internationally.

  • @Ashraf: That’s good! LOL. Reminds me of something I once read. OEMs are the only people that lose out when people by Macs because Apple gets money when you buy the machine and Microsoft gets the money when you by Windows to Dual-Boot or Virtualize!

    But I really do find it interesting that WLM/MSN won. Between Google the darling and AOL’s history I figured one of them would win.

  • Ashraf

    @Samuel: We are all Linux users who run all Windows software with Wine =P.

  • What I find interesting is that so far this is the first “win” for microsoft in dotTechie polls, I wounder why…