Being forced to use Skype
As I'm sure you all know, MSN messenger is being pulled in April and everyone (except the Chinese) are being forced over to using Skype. Messenger on mobile devices is lasting a bit longer but ultimately, Microsoft want us using Skype so they can display adverts.
The problem here is that I use a Mac so I'm used to programs looking a bit more polished, working better and not sounding like a child's electronic toy. So, using Skype is cringeworthy as it's like reverting back to a PC again. I know it can be skinned and the noises changed but...
I have collected a few log ins through various chat protocols like Messenger, Yahoo, FaceBook chat etc so I use Adium and have them all in one place under one program. It works nicely, it looks good and sounds OK. However it doesn't support Skype. I'd rather not have several programs running when 1 did it all before so are there any good chat clients that support Skype without having to have it running in the background?