Windows: Trillian Astra, the app that wants to manage all your social network updates, chat protocols and email notifications, has opened its beta to anyone who wants in.
We took a first look at Astra's beta, which is technically Trillian 4.0, back in April, when invites were spontaneously plentiful, but the application remained in closed beta. Now everyone can give Trillian a try and see how the grandpappy of multi-service chat clients has grown up. As CNET's Webware reporters point out, other clients like Pidgin and Digsby have somewhat drank Trillian's milkshake in regards to platform support—which app doesn't have Facebook integration these days?—but Trillian's compact, glossy looks, smart notifications and bountiful configuration options may win it back some of its old-line fans.
Like the closed beta, this release automatically installs a 30-day trial of Trillian Pro, which adds "advanced" video chat, multi-client logs, and a few other doodads for a price. Unlike the closed beta, Trillian's developers say bugs and efficiencies have been worked on quite a bit. Mac and iPhone versions are on their way, and you can sign up to be included in those testing groups.
Trillian is a free download for Windows XP/Vista/7 systems only. Let us know what you think about Astra's public debut in the comments.