digsby.pngDigsby is hands-down my favorite instant messenger on Windows not only because it works on all the major networks, but also because it is well designed. When we first covered the messenger some of you were a little hesitant to use it because of the excessive amounts of memory it chewed up (upwards of 70MB), but you’ll be happy to hear that the Digsby team has taken your criticism to heart!

According to a recent blog post the next release, which should be available in about a week, will include memory leak fixes, a “major reduction” in memory usage, and a more responsive interface. There’s no doubt that users will be applauding the developers if the performance improvements really are this significant.

Also by reading through the comments on that article I was able to grab some things that the developer said will be coming in future versions:

  • Group chat support
  • Direct Connect with AIM users
  • Portable version of Digsby
  • Skype support
  • IRC support
  • Mac version (they are already working on it now)
  • An option to disable smilies or download other emoticon sets
  • An API so that users can make their own themes, and then upload them to a website for everyone to download

Exciting, huh? It’s nice to see someone taking the time to develop a cross-network messenger application that has the features users actually find useful. When the new version comes out we’ll be sure to keep you updated, and and will also let you know if the performance improvements are as good as they say they are.

Digsby Homepage [via Webware]