KoolIM is a web based chat program that lets the user access their favorite instant messengers without downloading software. The application provides the user with a number of options, including AIM, MSN, Yahoo, Google Talk, ICQ, Gadu-Gadu and XFire. The user can visit the KoolIM homepage and enter the username and password for each instant messaging account they wish to log in to. The user’s contact list appears in a box similar to most chat programs, with management options, settings and online and offline icons. Users can access their contact lists and chat with others on any computer, even when they cannot download and install software. The application also offers a Firefox sidebar tool that can be used (but is not required).Show more screenshots »
KoolIM was introduced in 2010 to provide internet users with a convenient way to access their favorite instant messenger programs without a download. The application has not seen widespread popularity, although some users found it helpful. Many gave KoolIM a mediocre rating at best. The application serves its purpose but offers little in the way of features beyond simply logging into third party chat programs.
KoolIM is not the only way users can chat without downloading instant messenger software. Some IM applications, such as AIM, already offer a similar service to its users. KoolIM gives the user more options because it covers a number of the most popular instant messenging applications currently available. There is little else in the way of functions or features to make the application stand out. Some users may appreciate the simple design and convenient interface, but there is not much else to make KoolIM memorable.
KoolIM has a modernized design that deviates very little from the standard chat interface. The user is presented with their list of contacts with color coded icons to determine who is online and offline. The application maintains a chilled blue color scheme to go with its “cool” name. The design is clean, although the homepage contains a few banner advertisements. These are kept rather small and out of the way..
A new user will find the KoolIM registration form right on the application’s homepage. The form is tucked in to the lower, right hand side of the page. Users are asked to provide a username, password and valid email address. After submitting the form, the user must enter a registration code to prove that they are human. Once the code has been successfully entered, the user is advised that they must check their email inbox for an activation message before accessing their account.
KoolIM is available to all users for free. There is no cost for this service, which is a good thing. Charging a fee would only deter users for trying KoolIM. The application doesn’t offer anything that isn’t already available for free through a number of different online resources. There are no subscription fees and no limitations are placed on user access. The user can visit anytime they want to log in and chat online.
KoolIM is a good resource to have on hand during those rare moments when the user cannot download or access an installed version of a chat program. For some, this may rarely occur making the application unappealing. Users who want a quick, painless way to access multiple online chat programs without an installation can do so by visiting the KoolIM homepage and logging in. The service is free and ideal for those who do not have high expectations when it comes to features.