When it comes to instant messaging these days, there’s really only one “all in one” app out there, and that’s IM+ from Shape. The app has received numerous updates over the last few years and they’re one of the many companies who are fully on board with Microsoft and their Windows / Windows Phone vision.
IM+, both the Pro and Lite versions, have received updates today bringing them up to Windows 8.1 standards. Don’t forget, in 8.1 developers have a few new tools to take advantages of, including a new tile size (“large”) and the updated “snap view”, which has been replaced in 8.1 with a more flexible system.
So what’s new in IM+ for Windows 8.1? Let’s take a look at the full changelog as we have all of the details.
1. Optimization of all UI elements in Windows 8.1
2. New Small and Big tiles
"Now, in Windows 8.1. you can set 4 types of tiles. IM+ apps are adopted for all of them."
- Wide Tile
- Big Tile which will show several recent IM+ messages in the window simultaneously
- Medium Tile which is a ¼ part of usual wide tile
- Small Tile which reminds usual icon.
3. New set of emoticons in IM+ app.
"New set of emoticons recently were added to Windows Phone mobile devices, now they are also supported for Windows 8.1."
4. Show or hide mobile status for ICQ Accounts.
"Ability to enable / disable Mobile status for ICQ contacts."
5. Message queue.
"In other words while one of the accounts in IM+ app is being reconnected, all your messages will be successfully delivered to you ."
6. Support of MSN contacts in Skype
7. Performance improvements and bug fixes
Overall, it’s a solid update to what is already a great, universal app and we really enjoy the new 8.1 features. The app works especially well on tablets, like the Surface 2 and even when working at a desktop (we run it snapped at 1/5 size on our 27-inch monitor).
For those who aren’t familiar with IM+, it connects to many chat services, including Windows Live Messenger, Facebook, Skype chat, Google Talk, AOL/AIM/iChat, Yahoo!, ICQ, Vkontakte, Mail.Ru Agent, Odnoklassniki, Yandex chat, Mamba.Ru, Mig33, SINA Weibo, Renren, Fetion, Gadu-Gadu, MeinVZ and Jabber. So instead of having multiple web clients open, you can have everything centralized in an excellent looking Modern UI app.
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Daniel Rubino is the Editor-in-chief of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been covering Microsoft since 2007 when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, laptops, next-gen computing, and for some reason, watches. Before all this tech stuff, he worked on a Ph.D. in linguistics, watched people sleep (for medical purposes!), and ran the projectors at movie theaters because it was fun.