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Trillian (software)

Trillian is a proprietary multiprotocol instant messaging application for Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, Android, iOS, BlackBerry OS, and the Web, created by Cerulean Studios. It can connect to multiple IM services, such as AIM, Bonjour, Facebook (Messenger), Google Talk (Hangouts), ICQ, IRC, Extensible Messaging and Presence Protocol (Jabber), VZ, and Yahoo! Messenger networks; as well as social networking sites, such as Facebook, Foursquare, LinkedIn, and Twitter; and email services, such as POP3 and IMAP.

Trillian no longer supports Windows Live Messenger or Skype as these services have combined and Microsoft chose to discontinue Skypekit. This can be found on by clicking the "Skype and Trillian" link on the right. They also no longer support connecting to MySpace, and no longer support a distinct connection for Gmail, Hotmail or Yahoo! Mail although these can still be connected to via POP3 or IMAP.

Initially released July 1, 2000, as a freeware IRC client, the first commercial version (Trillian Pro 1.0) was published on September 10, 2002. The program was named after Trillian, a fictional character in The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams. A previous version of the official web site even had a tribute to Douglas Adams on its front page.

On August 14, 2009, Trillian Astra (4.0) for Windows was released, along with its own Astra network. Trillian Astra has a free version, and a premium version with extra features.

On November 18, 2009, the first mobile version of Trillian was launched for iPhone. As of 2010, final builds for Android, BlackBerry, and Apple iOS were available for their markets ( Market, App World and App Store respectively). Trillian initially cost $4.99 USD but became free of charge, supported by ads, in 2011.

Trillian 5 for Windows was released in May 2011.

Trillian (character)

Tricia Marie McMillan, also known as Trillian Astra, is a fictional character from Douglas Adams' series The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. She is most commonly referred to simply as "Trillian", a modification of her birth name, which she adopted because it sounded more "space-like". According to the movie version, her middle name is Marie. Physically, she is described as "a slim, darkish humanoid, with long waves of black hair, a full mouth, an odd little knob of a nose and ridiculously brown eyes."


Trillian may refer to:

  • Trillian (character), a fictional character in The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
  • Trillian (software), an instant messaging client
  • Trillian (sculpture), a canceled Belfast public art sculpture
  • Project Trillian, an effort to port the Linux kernel to the Intel IA-64 architecture