Download Chat for Windows - Best Software & Apps

  • WhatsApp

    0.3.1847

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Android
    Windows
    iPhone
    Mac

    WhatsApp for PC - not quite there yet

    8
    30370 votes
    • PROS: Offers almost all of the same options as the mobile app, Chatting is a lot faster using a keyboard, Offers real time synchronization between app and PC, Well-designed interface
    • CONS: Mobile device must be connected in order to use it, Some options are missing
  • Imo

    1.2.60

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Android
    Windows
    iPhone

    Free PC-Based Software to Send Text Messages and Video Calls

    8
    8290 votes
    • PROS: There is no charge to download Imo for PC, An unlimited number of texts and images can be sent to other users, Completely free
    • CONS: Data charges may still apply on occasion, Multiple (group) calling options are not supported by this system
  • WeChat

    2.6.7

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows
    Android
    iPhone
    Mac

    The popular chat app from China gets an English version

    9
    564 votes
    • PROS: Simple and easy to use, Excellent file transfer and screenshot tools
    • CONS: No video or audio support
  • Messenger

    4.397

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Android
    Windows
    iPhone
    Mac

    Official Facebook chat app for Windows 10 desktops and tablets

    7
    18823 votes
    • PROS: Official Facebook messenger, Clean simple interface, Integrated with Windows 10 toolbar, All your friends are there!
    • CONS: None of Facebook's other features, No video options
  • Skype for Windows 10

    14.34.81.0

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    Video chat, texting and instant messaging in one

    7
    1795 votes
    • PROS: Supports video chats, texting and instant messaging, High quality video chats, Automatically imports contacts from Microsoft accounts, Lots of emoticons, Free group video calls and screen sharing
    • CONS: Interface looks a bit sparse, Contacts may need editing after importing
  • Discord

    0.301

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows
    Mac

    Chat with friends, family and fellow gamers, for free

    9
    362 votes
    • PROS: Great interface, Easy bot scripting
    • CONS: No Ctrl+F, Slow log retrieval
  • LINE

    5.15.0.1908

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows
    Android
    iPhone
    Mac

    Send messages and make free calls from your PC

    7
    5086 votes
    • PROS: Free calls and messages, Group chats, Many stickers, Minimalist interface...
    • CONS: ...that's not very appealing, You need to have the LINE app on your mobile
  • Viber

    10.5.0.23

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Android
    Windows
    iPhone
    Mac

    Free phone calls via VoIP, chat and messages to your friends!

    7
    4189 votes
    • PROS: Free calls via VoIP to friends, Great call quality, Supports video calls, Notificatios in system tray, Contacts and messages sync between devices
    • CONS: Few advanced features, App required for PC client to work
  • ICQ

    10.0.12341

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows
    Mac

    Chat, play and share files with your friends

    7
    1166 votes
    • PROS: Easy, quick installation, Nice interface design, Loads of smileys, animations and other eye-candy, Text and video chats, Integration with social networks
    • CONS: Video chat is not embedded in the conversation window, Social networks must be configured on the program's website, No innovation over other IM apps
  • Microsoft Teams

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows
    Android
    iPhone
    Web Apps

    A Brand New Chat-Based Workspace For Office 365 Users

    8
    14 votes
    • PROS: See which team members are online and corresponding right away, Transferring files thoughts and ideas to all the team members is very easy, The meeting schedule is handy and convenient
    • CONS: One-to-one communication via the software is slower than using a phone, You need Microsoft Office 365 to use the program
  • SeaMonkey

    2.29.1

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows
    Mac

    Singular Internet Suite

    8
    152 votes
    • PROS: An Internet Application Suite, Email, IRC chat and news feed client, Web feed reader, HTML editor and web development tools
    • CONS: Does not import username and password, Too packed and complex online web suite, Dated interface and utility, Slow web browser startup
  • Paltalk

    11.6.604.17056

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    Talk and video chat with people from around the world

    7
    656 votes
    • PROS: Chat with hundreds of people , Lots of chatrooms, Supports audio and webcams
    • CONS: Too many banners, Difficult to get to grips with, Free plan is a bit too limited
  • Camfrog Video Chat

    6.21.679

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows
    Mac

    Join live streaming video chat rooms

    8
    935 votes
    • PROS: Lots of people online, Lots of different rooms available, Good for those using sign language
    • CONS: Very confusing and overwhelming at first, Interface looks a bit cheap
  • Facebook Video Call Plug-in Installer

    1.2.250.0

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    Install Video Chat for Facebook

    7
    957 votes
    • PROS: Installation is easy
    • CONS: Still has some bugs
  • RingID

    4.4.1.0

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows
    Android
    iPhone

    Free chat and video calling application for smartphones

    8
    12 votes
    • PROS: There is no charge to download this software, RingID offers many of the same functions as larger platforms
    • CONS: This package is not yet able to support 4G connection speeds, Some complain that the audio quality of calls needs improvement
  • Nimbuzz

    2.9.5

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Android
    Windows
    iPhone
    Mac

    Old-fashioned and out-dated instant messaging platform

    7
    1116 votes
    • PROS: Enables you to sync contacts with your mobile phone
    • CONS: Fewer options than other similar tools, Really outdated, Only supports Facebook Chat
  • Overwolf

    Beta 0.28.170.36556

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    Facebook, chat, video capture and more in-game

    7
    138 votes
    • PROS: Easy to use, Great interface, Simple video capture, Share immediately
    • CONS: Can slow performance
  • FaceRig

    1.753

    License
    buy Download
    Platform
    Windows

    Become a cat in your online chat

    7
    1817 votes
    • PROS: Fun anonymous chats , Nice face recognition and mapping , Entertaining voices
    • CONS: Occasional delay on animations
  • WhatsappTime

    9.1.1

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    Chat with friends from your PC

    8
    689 votes
    • PROS: Chat for longer, Easily authenticate your account
    • CONS: Not available for Mac, Not an official Whatsapp product
  • Google Voice and Video Chat

    2.2.2.0

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows
    Mac

    See and hear family and friends right inside Gmail

    7
    595 votes
    • PROS: Very easy to set up and use, Great video and audio quality, Support for full screen
    • CONS: The embedded window can't be moved
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