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Shape has released IM+ for Windows 8 to compliment the already available free IM+ app on the platform. The pro version of the popular messaging service sports a number of features that aren't available in the standard free app that's available. In both apps, major IM services are supported, including MeinVZ, Jabber, Fetion, Renren, SINA Weibo, Mamba.Ru, Yandex chat and more.

As well as the above, IM+ Pro enables users to send text messages and photos in conversations. The app supports group chats in Skype, AIM and ICQ, and allows one to add multiple accounts per service. Personal status messages can be configured to reveal current mood and application appearance can be customised.

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As a minor addition, IM+ Pro supports typing notifications and the team has noted that further improvements will be applied in future updates. IM+ is also available for Windows Phone, so if you're into expanding such functionality to the mobile platform, it's certainly possible.

You can download IM+ (opens in new tab) and IM+ Pro (opens in new tab) from the Windows Store for free and $4.99 respectively.

Rich Edmonds
Rich Edmonds

Rich Edmonds is Senior Editor of PC hardware at Windows Central, covering everything related to PC components and NAS. He's been involved in technology for more than a decade and knows a thing or two about the magic inside a PC chassis. You can follow him over on Twitter at @RichEdmonds.

15 Comments
  • the link for the free version doesn't work :) you forgot the microsoft store part of it.
  • Well caught :-) fixed!
  • I jumped in the air of happiness seeing that it was for Windows Phone 8-- but no, it was just Windows 8. >:(
  •   Love my job, since I've been bringing in $5600… I sit at home, music playing while I work in front of my new iMac that I got now that I'm making it online(Click on menu Home) https://goo.gl/hwSP6
  • FUCKING STOP!!!
  • Hope its better than the app for WP7
  • Off topic, but does windows rt (surface rt) support screenshots?
  • Yes. Press the  volume down button and windows icon on the front of the Surface at the same time. The screen should dim if done correctly.
  • OMG. Thank you so much!!!
  • Hold down the windows button and volume down at the same time. Screenshots are stored in your pictures folder.
  • And thank you!
  • I've actually had a great experience with im+ on WP in the last 6 months or so. I reached out to them about a wp8 version, they say its being developed. The current version on my 920 is great, it only lacks lock screen notifications imho.
  • I used IMplus for Gtalk till I found ICQ, it loads way faster than IMplus on 7.5 and 8
  • That's "complement," not "compliment." First sentence.
  • I love IM+ (Pro) - I use it on WP7, iPhone, iPad, and now on my desktop with Windows 8.
    Sweet!