advice on an instant messenger?

  Markito 16:50 03 Jun 15

I have a Windows 8.1 laptop. As well as a gmail account for e-mails, I also have a hotmail / outlook account which theoretically gives me MSN messenger too. But I am unable to add contact names to it, even though some of these have hotmail addresses. Is there an instant messenger which can be used for all e-mail addresses, preferably including the facility to import contact address lists? I should add that I am not interested in Skype or any talking or visual chat, just typed live messaging.

Thanks in advance.

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