Digsby, the universal instant messenger, email and social network aggregator, has announced some very good news regarding their desktop application. After countless complaints from users about the application being a resource hog, Digsby spent the last few months improving the memory management capabilities of their product. So much so that they proudly claim that they believe their app utilizes up to 75% less memory than its predecessor. If this is true, and we have little doubt that it is, then Digsby could see a tremendous increase in membership.
RAM usage wasn’t the only enhancement they made. They also state that the user interface will render twice as fast because of critical changes they’ve made to the architecture, improving the GUI responsiveness and CPU utilization.
In addition to all of these performance enhancements, they also implemented the usual boatload of bug fixes which will only make the platform more stable.
As far as new features go, they addressed their number one request which was support for the ever popular LinkedIn. Users can now get full newsfeed and alerts from LinkedIn from their Digsby account. They can even set their status message from there.
For those unfamiliar with Digsby, the service competes in the same space as multiprotocol IM clients such as Pidgin, Trillian, Adium, and Miranda. They also cross beams with social aggregators such as FriendFeed, Flock, SocialThing, and Fuser. Why so many foes? Well, it’s because Digsby dips their toes in so many streams. Not only can it let you chat with all your friends on AIM, MSN, Yahoo, ICQ, Google Talk, and Jabber, but it also lets you manage your email from several different email systems as well as access many of the most popular social networks from one place. This includes status updates from your friends and messages they’ve sent you. Also handy are the widgets you can embed on your website.
Digsby has made some bold statements with this release. The proof will be in the downloading and installing very soon. Eventually, the people will be heard (once again) and we’ll see if Digsby has indeed vastly improved their ambitious platform.
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