Google has dropped Trillian from its Google Pack software suite with nary an explanation, prompting a terse reaction from Cerulean Studios, maker of the popular instant messaging application.
“Our goals are seemingly no longer perfectly aligned with those of Google. Their reasons for removing Trillian are their own and were not made available to us,” wrote Scott Werndorfer, Cerulean Studios’ co-founder and head developer, in the company’s blog today. “We harbor no ill-will towards them and wish them the best of luck; they’re going to need it.”
Trillian has been popular for years because it consolidates in a single interface IM contacts from a variety of IM services, such as America Online’s AIM, Yahoo’s Yahoo Messenger and Microsoft’s MSN Messenger.
Many users find this capability extremely helpful. Most IM services don’t interoperate with each other, making it necessary to log on separately to each IM network to communicate with its members. While Trillian doesn’t solve the interoperability problem, users conveniently don’t have to keep an IM buddy-list interface open for each network.