AOL's Greenhouse technology incubator just released a basic edition of AIM entitled AIM ET. AIM's horrendous UI has always turned me off...and as good as Gaim is, I use it infrequently simply because it doesn't minimise to the System Tray. So until I switch to Macs and iChat, ET will be perfect.
ET is actually very un-AOL; simple, attractive, fun, usable, ad-free and most importantly - un-noying. The 1.6mb download gives you basic messaging, a cute UI and file transfer - nothing more. I wonder if this indicates a trend in stylish, no-frills MUJI-pplications? Windows Live Messenger could stand to lose a few pounds...
OMG ET's WTF button?! It stands for What's This For? LOL ;)