Hopefully this isn't the time-old question, and we can get some new input here..
I've lsted some of the most common email providers (which have their own chat services) and I would like to know what the Intelligent people choose as their service-of-choice. I'm looking to upgrade from Hotmail/MSN to something more sucure and more sophisticated, if possible. MSN sucks. Hotmal is a beast.
Please participate in my pool and laeve any comments that cross your mind!