Download Messaging Interface - Best Software & Apps

  • WhatsApp Messenger

    varies-with-device

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Android
    Windows
    iPhone
    Windows Phone
    Mac

    Send free text, audio and video messages from your Android phone

    8
    35367 votes
    • PROS: Lets you send photos, audio, video, location, and links, Group messaging, Works across different platforms, Support for Android Wear, Syncs with web version, Free calls, Save chats automatically to Google Drive
    • CONS: Only works if the other person has the app
  • Messenger

    (Facebook Messenger) varies-with-device

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Android
    Windows
    iPhone
    Windows Phone
    Mac

    Text, voice calls, and video calls now included

    8
    13506 votes
    • PROS: Supports chats, voice calls, video calls, Support third party apps, Easy to use
    • CONS: Compatible apps require new download
  • Skype

    8.33.0.50

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows
    Android
    Mac
    iPhone
    Windows Phone

    Skype, the telephone of the 21st century

    7
    29107 votes
    • PROS: Group videoconferencing, Talk-chat-type, Excellent audiovisual quality, Calls to mobile, Integration with Facebook
    • CONS: Requires a good connection, High consumption of resources, Some features are extra
  • Telegram

    varies-with-device

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Android
    Windows
    iPhone
    Mac
    Web Apps

    Fast and secure messaging app

    8
    702 votes
    • PROS: Supports group chats, Share videos up to 1GB, Send batches of photos, "Snapchat" style Secret Chat, Higher level of privacy compared to WhatsApp
    • CONS: Voice messages supported but no voice calling, Small user base compared to WhatsApp
  • WhatsApp Web

    1.0

    License
    free
    Platform
    Web Apps

    WhatsApp wings its way to the web for free

    8
    4988 votes
    • PROS: Familiar WhatsApp look and feel makes it easy to use, End-to-end message encryption, Well-designed user interface displays all the information you need, Seamless link up between mobile and web versions, Completely free
    • CONS: Lacking a lot of features
  • Hangouts

    2017.1019.418.1

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows
    Android
    iPhone

    Google's platform for instant messaging and videoconferencing

    7
    1426 votes
    • PROS: Simple and minimalist interface, Video calls to multiple people, Apps available during video calls
    • CONS: No audio calls, Chrome must always be open
  • imo for Windows 10

    1

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    Stay in touch easily with imo for Windows 10

    8
    904 votes
    • PROS: Simple manageable interface, Unlimited free voice and video calls
    • CONS: Limited customisation and contact management options, User base smaller than major rivals
  • Discord

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows
    Mac

    Chat with friends, family and fellow gamers, for free

    9
    313 votes
    • PROS: Great interface, Easy bot scripting
    • CONS: No Ctrl+F, Slow log retrieval
  • Yahoo! Messenger

    0.8.288

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows
    Android
    Mac
    Pocket PC
    Java

    The new instant messenger from Yahoo!

    6
    3413 votes
    • PROS: Amazing video quality!, Highly customizable, Great privacy settings
    • CONS: Animated backgrounds are ad-ridden, Long installation process, Too much bloat
  • LINE

    5.12.1.1857

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows
    Android
    iPhone
    Mac
    Windows Phone

    Send messages and make free calls from your PC

    7
    5050 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
  • QQ Messenger

    International 1.6

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    Complete IM client with cute design and great features

    7
    798 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!
  • Google Hangouts

    varies-with-device

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows
    Mac

    Meet, Talk And Collaborate On Google's Hangouts Service.

    9
    32 votes
    • PROS: Video calls to multiple people, Very fast, Easy to use, Simple and minimalist interface
    • CONS: Rarely updated, Difficulty moving on-screen, Requires signing into Chrome, Sometimes duplicates itself
  • ICQ

    10.0.12341

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows
    Mac
    Windows Phone

    Chat, play and share files with your friends

    7
    1162 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
  • Viber

    5.1

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    Viber, on your phone and at home

    8
    865 votes
    • PROS: Excellent call quality, Clean interface, Imports contacts automatically, The Dock function, Dynamic icons
    • CONS: Doesn't support video calls, No innovative features, Can't sign out
  • MSN Messenger

    for Windows XP 7.5.0322

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows
    Mac
    Pocket PC

    New version of the popular messaging application

    8
    10288 votes
    • PROS: Very easy to use, Lots of fancy customization options, Decent video conferencing function
    • CONS: No VoIP features to speak of, Filled with not-so-subtle plugs to MSN services
  • TweetDeck

    3.7.3

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows
    Android
    Mac
    Web Apps
    iPhone

    The best desktop Twitter app

    6
    781 votes
    • PROS: Organizes information, Nice interface, Automatically updated
    • CONS: Home feed can quickly get too busy
  • Windows Live Messenger

    16.4.3522

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows
    Symbian

    See. Hear. Share. Instantly.

    8
    23329 votes
    • PROS: Nice customizable interface, Great photo sharing service, New options for contacts management, Tons of emoticons, winks and other eye-candy for chats
    • CONS: No custom status messages, Uncomfortable menu buttons, Installation file is getting bloated, Advertisement on the main interface
  • FaceTime

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    iPhone
    Mac

    Video chat done the Apple way

    8
    49 votes
    • KakaoTalk

      2.1.9

      License
      free Download
      Platform
      Mac
      Android
      iPhone
      Windows Phone

      Chat with friends worldwide for free

      8
      2 votes
      • PROS: Simple interface, Quick response when using SMS, Voice call quality is good
      • CONS: Locked to a single device, Searching for contacts is hit-or-miss
    • Microsoft Lync 2013

      15.0.4420.1017

      License
      buy Download
      Platform
      Windows

      One of the best web conferencing apps out there

      6
      152 votes
      • PROS: Easy to use interface, Tons of features, Excellent video and collaboration tools, Well thought out ecosystem
      • CONS: Chat feature could be more fleshed out, Only available with certain versions of Office
    Softonic’s Best Rated Software for this topic
    #NameVersionVotesRatingPlatform
    1(Facebook Messenger) varies-with-device135068.3Android, Windows, iPhone, Windows Phone
    2varies-with-device353678.3Android, Windows, iPhone, Windows Phone
    3for Windows XP 7.5.0322102888Windows, Mac, Pocket PC
    416.4.3522233297.6Windows, Symbian
    58.33.0.50291077.2Windows, Android, Mac, iPhone
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