Download Instant Messaging Client - Best Software & Apps

  • Messenger for Desktop

    1.4.3

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows
    Mac

    An unofficial free Facebook desktop client

    8
    3568 votes
    • PROS: Chat without opening Facebook, Facebook options are automatically imported, Same options as the official Facebook Messenger apps, Completely free, Safe to use
    • CONS: Unofficial app that isn't associated with or supported by Facebook, Interface is unimaginative
  • WeChat

    2.6.0.1018

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows
    Android
    iPhone
    Mac
    Windows Phone

    The popular chat app from China gets an English version

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

    526.6

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows
    Mac

    Unique 3D IM client with avatars

    8
    3165 votes
    • PROS: Very original 3D chat rooms, Totally customizable avatars, Credits enable you to acquire new stuff
    • CONS: Chat in speech bubbles is confusing, It can take some time to load
  • Yahoo! Messenger

    0.8.288

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows
    Android
    Mac
    iPhone
    Java

    The new instant messenger from Yahoo!

    6
    3343 votes
    • PROS: Amazing video quality!, Highly customizable, Great privacy settings
    • CONS: Animated backgrounds are ad-ridden, Long installation process, Too much bloat
  • QQ Messenger

    International 1.6

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    Complete IM client with cute design and great features

    7
    772 votes
    • PROS: Clear, nicely designed interface, Lots of customization options, Support for text, voice and video chats, Usual IM features: smileys, nudges, file sharing..., Extra tools like remote control, screen capture and video recording
    • CONS: Sometimes adding contacts is difficult, You can't download new interface themes, Number ID for contacts: not very user-friendly!
  • TweetDeck

    3.7.3

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows
    Android
    Mac
    iPhone
    Web Apps

    The best desktop Twitter app

    6
    778 votes
    • PROS: Organizes information, Nice interface, Automatically updated
    • CONS: Home feed can quickly get too busy
  • Twitter for Mac

    3.1

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Mac

    Official Twitter client for Mac

    7
    38 votes
    • PROS: Very slick interface, Easy to use, Suits OS X
    • CONS: New tweet button a bit hidden, Notifications a bit limited, Basically the same as Tweetie
  • Spark

    2.5.8

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows
    Android
    Mac
    iPhone

    Free Streamlined Email Application for Personal Computers

    7
    310 votes
    • PROS: Spark makes it easy to categorise specific emails based off of the topic or their importance , There is no charge to download this email package
    • CONS: There is no default format available when composing emails, Settings are imported across multiple devices so some features may not be appropriate for mobile phones
  • Facebook Desktop

    0.7

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Mac

    Official Facebook client for your desktop

    6
    53 votes
    • Nimbuzz

      2.9.4

      License
      free Download
      Platform
      Windows
      Android
      iPhone
      Windows Phone
      Java

      Old-fashioned and out-dated instant messaging platform

      7
      1112 votes
      • PROS: Enables you to sync contacts with your mobile phone
      • CONS: Fewer options than other similar tools, Really outdated, Only supports Facebook Chat
    • ooVoo

      6.0.5.75

      License
      free Download
      Platform
      Mac

      Free multiple video chat client

      7
      431 votes
      • PROS: Allows up to 6 video conference calls at once, Very good looking interface and feel, Allows you to place video contacts in a sidebar, Excellent video quality
      • CONS: Automatically adds itself to your startup items without prompting
    • Messages

      Beta Beta 8.0

      License
      free Download
      Platform
      Mac
      Android

      Apple's official chat client for OS X

      5
      324 votes
      • PROS: Better integration with iOS, Unlimited Messages to iOS devices, Integrated with Facetime, Supports AIM, Google Talk and Jabber
      • CONS: Removes iChat completely, Mainly benefits those with iOS devices
    • QQ for Mac

      International 1.1

      License
      free Download
      Platform
      Mac

      Complete IM client with cute design and great features

      6
      62 votes
      • PROS: Clear, nicely designed interface, Lots of customization options, Support for text, voice and video chats, Usual IM features: smileys, nudges, file sharing..., Extra tools like remote control, screen capture and video recording
      • CONS: Sometimes adding contacts is difficult, You can't download new interface themes, Number ID for contacts: not very user-friendly!, No video chat feature
    • Orion

      1.7

      License
      free Download
      Platform
      Windows

      A simple and compact IRC client

      6
      24 votes
      • AIM

        (AOL Instant Messenger) 8.0.7.1

        License
        free Download
        Platform
        Windows

        IM, text, voice and video application in one

        6
        101 votes
        • PROS: Allows huge file sending, E-mail client features
        • CONS: Video conferencing options not clear, Not as many users online as with other IM services
      • Pidgin

        2.10.7

        License
        free Download
        Platform
        Windows

        Multi-protocol instant messaging for everyone

        8
        487 votes
        • PROS: Very easy to set up and use, Lots of configuration options, File transfer
        • CONS: Statuses (available, invisible etc) buggy
      • Trillian

        5.3.0.7

        License
        free Download
        Platform
        Windows
        Mac

        The popular multi-platform IM client is back!

        8
        190 votes
        • PROS: Compact design, Support for a dozen different protocols, Extensive settings menu
        • CONS: Interface can get a bit overwhelming
      • eM Client

        6

        License
        free Download
        Platform
        Windows

        eM Client 5 - your emails, contacts, calendar and instant messaging effectively

        7
        29 votes
        • Microsoft Messenger

          8.0.1

          License
          free Download
          Platform
          Mac

          Microsoft's Messenger client supporting webcams and audio

          4
          159 votes
          • PROS: Now supports webcams and audio, Supports sending files, Supports Bonjour, Works between contacts on Windows Live Messenger
          • CONS: Interface inspired by Windows version, Intel Macs only, User profile pictures don't display properly, Can't change your own user profile picture
        • Hangouts Notificator

          0.2.1

          License
          free Download
          Platform
          Windows

          It is a Hangouts Client using Google web interface and IE engine.

          8
          2 votes
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