That is because AOL sold off ICQ to some Israeli company a couple years ago I think, and a few months ago (maybe weeks, but probably months) I remember seeing some blurb somewhere about how AOL had finished uncoupling the two protocols.
So, just like before AOL bought ICQ maker Mirabilis, ICQ is now it's own program again, not just an alternate front to AIM.
If you want to use both in one client, try Trillian or Pidgin.
And times change, deal with it. That's just a fact of life: Everything changes. You can either be dragged kicking and screaming into the present, or you can come along willingly, if maybe begrudgingly, but either way, the only way off this particular ride is death. So if you thought about it, aren't there better things you could be doing with your time than posting some long rant about a rather inconsequential program?
I have not used ICQ messenger for quite some time as I have several
Netbooks and have been using Aim Messenger. Well today I used one of my
other Netbooks that has ICQ Messenger on it. Although I have an ICQ
account I sign in with my Aim account, also Aol email account.
today when I tried to log in with my Aim screen name I found I could
not do so. I got a message saying "incorrect log in."So I tried
to sign in with my other Aim account and the same thing happened. I
could not sign into ICQ with any of my Aim accounts. And I also tried
to sign into ICQ web Messenger with my Aim account and it also would
not let me do it.
And so I looked on the web and I found out that ICQ
have changed their system.Before, about a month ago you COULD
sign into ICQ messenger using either your ICQ account email address and
password, or your Aim screen name and password. But now you can only
sign into ICQ using your ICQ email address and password. So that is the
reason I could not sign into ICQ with my Aim account although I found
that I could using my ICQ account.Until a few weeks ago you
could also make voice and video calls to contacts on Aim Messenger from
ICQ. But now you can NO LONGER do this,you can only send text messages.
Also in the new version of ICQ,7.5 the voice chat does not work,there
is no sound. And my friend had the same problem. And so I have been
using ICQ 7 an older version.
But even on the old versions of ICQ
Messenger,you can now NO LONGER sign in with your Aim or Aol account.
You can only sign in with your ICQ account.
I find it so
annoying when you find a software you like and then they make unwanted
changes to it. Meaning it no longer works or in this case they have
changed the log in system completely. I was quite happy with the old
system of ICQ,where you could use your Aim account to log in and make
video calls to people on Aim Messenger. But that's all changed now with
the new ICQ,and even if like me you are using an old version of ICQ.
Now you will no longer be able to use your Aim account to sign in or
make video calls to contacts on Aim. Although you can make voice and
video calls to contacts with ICQ accounts.So I have now
uninstalled ICQ Messenger and have installed Aim Messenger. The latest
version which works great and is better than ICQ.
And if you are
looking for an alternative to ICQ,get Aim as it is very user friendly
and works without any problems. So now you know. But why the change? It
is VERY ANNOYING! What was wrong with the old ICQ system?What do you
think about the changes in ICQ Messenger? Andrea Borman.