Did people finally realize that ugly skins and crappy interfaces were stupid? I highly doubt it -- we wouldn't have ICQ or Trillian, if that were true.
Hey! Whats wrong with Trillian? Yes the default skin is
ugly, unless you like the default look of Windows XP as well (which I don't *shudder*). However, there are good skins for it, and I
find the interface quite intuitive.
Now ICQ, that's just ugly, period. Maybe a couple dozen versions ago it was ok, but now, its so damn cluttered, it disgusts me. Kinda like WinAMP.