It’s very exciting to get the login page of https://imo.im. It’s amazing. It’s a web-based multi-client instant messager. At this moment, it can support MSN, Yahoo, AIM / ICQ, Google Talk, MySpace, and Skype. Yes, and Skype.
I used my MSN account to do the first ride. It has multiple crisp and slim windows embeded in the webpage, one small window for a session. The login and chatting are very responsive. It support Chinese (double byte characters) very well.
Then I began to test Skype. The Skype login is quite fast. It works! I am wondering how these guys simulate a Skype client to login. You know two years ago it became top news when somebody re-engineered the Skype protocol and developed their own Skype-compatible client.
I know imo.im is using SSL. However, before users are rushing to transfer to imo.im, they must solve security concerns. That’s far away to convince users at its security. For example, how they handle the user data, including the account information, password, and chat history. Actually when I recommend imo.im to one of my friends, I was told that he did not want to test this because he didn’t want to exposure his account information.
All in all, this is my first ride with imo.im. Its user experience is by far better than previous web IMs. In addition, it supports Skype. It’s great plus. However, there is a long way for them before users are convinced to drop their trational GUI IM clients.