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Available instant messaging clients

Are there any instant messaging clients with custom emoticons like on the Windows Live Messenger or do I have to use Wine for it?

I've already tried Pidgin and the default Empathy clients. None have emoticons how I like them.

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Thanks, but I'm just wondering if there's a simple IM client like Pidgin with custom emoticons that can be shared with people, who use WLM. (Pidgin can't do that. It has its own custom emoticons that others can't see.) –  Andri Jan 26 '12 at 15:21
    
You can ask your friends to use Pidgin for Windows. By that way, both of you can use the custom emoticons! –  jokerdino Jan 26 '12 at 15:26
    
I'm not going to make my friends settle for another IM client just because I have to. –  Andri Jan 26 '12 at 15:38
    
I'm going to try Emesene. –  Andri Jan 26 '12 at 15:38

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Pidgin allows you to use third-party custom smileys.
If you don't like them you always have the option to create your own theme.

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You can try Emesene or Amsn, because they both should feature emoticons customization. They are both available in the Ubuntu software center.

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