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Chat & Instant Messaging (22 programs)

  1. License
    Free
    Language
    English
    Platform
    web-apps
    PROS: Intuitive interface for all users. Compatible with multiple devices. Supports large group chats and calls.
    CONS: Exclusive to Gmail users.
  2. License
    Free
    Language
    English
    Platform
    web-apps
    PROS: Integrated with G Suite applications. Gather over 100 participants in one call. Intuitive graphical user interface.
    CONS: Basic conferencing tools.
  3. License
    Free
    Language
    English
    Platform
    web-apps
    PROS: Easy-to-use interface. Up to 50 participants in a single call. Allows file sharing. Can screen-share.
    CONS: Screen-sharing is only available on PC. Can’t set meetings in advanced. No configurable settings.
  4. License
    Free
    Language
    English
    Platform
    web-apps
    PROS: Anonymous chatting. Mobile app available. Interest tags. Dorm chat mode.
    CONS: Not cut out for serious chatting. Questionable adult content. Unmonitored video section. Bots could be an issue.
  5. License
    Free
    Language
    English
    Platform
    web-apps
    PROS: Allows you to access all your conversations in your web browser. Has all the functionalities of the mobile WeChat app. Gives users the option to transfer files. Does not use normal username and password login.
    CONS: Still uses its mobile version as a server. Scanning the QR code sometimes takes ages.
  6. License
    Free
    Language
    English
    Platform
    web-apps
    PROS: Message Dashboard. Customization and Commands. Spam Filters. Chat Logs.
    CONS: Requires an account. Requires constant usage to maintain account. May conflict with other open chatbot applications.
  7. PROS: Good integration with other Google apps. Accessible via mobile, computer or web.
    CONS: How many Google chat apps do we need?. Cannot assign tasks to chat participants.
  8. License
    Free
    Language
    English
    Platform
    web-apps
    PROS: Improves upon password management. Users can contribute to the source code.
    CONS: Only for the Mozilla Firefox web browser. Still being developed before its official release.
  9. License
    Free
    Language
    Platform
    web-apps
    PROS: End-to-end data encryption. Collaboration tools. Matrix Protocol for cross-communications. Option for private servers.
    CONS: Some features require additional setup. Plain UI that lacks customizability.
  10. License
    Free
    Language
    English
    Platform
    web-apps
    PROS: Worry-free permissions. All-in-one approach.
    CONS: Only for iOS. More storage sites yet to be included.
  11. PROS: Free download. Simple contact solution.
    CONS: Some sites not supported. Low user recognition.
  12. PROS: There is no charge to use this handy application. Registration will take only a few minutes to complete.
    CONS: As this is new software there may be some minor bugs present. Voice chat is not currently supported by Text Free.
  13. License
    Free
    Language
    English
    Platform
    web-apps
    PROS: Strong focus on security and speed. Seamless synchronization across devices. Categorized emojis. Can translate chats.
    CONS: Must have a Telegram account on a mobile app.
  14. PROS: Real-time synchronization. Easy to set up and use. Clean and minimalist design.
    CONS: It requires that the phone be connected to the Internet.
  15. License
    Free
    Language
    English
    Platform
    web-apps
    PROS: Claims to be very secure. Extremely easy to use once signed-up.
    CONS: Not clear exactly how it encrypts. Beta may be unstable.
  16. License
    Free
    Language
    English
    Platform
    web-apps
    PROS: 60 supported languages. Functions to translate offline. Good voice recognition. You can hear the pronunciation.
    CONS: The translations are not always perfect.
  17. License
    Free
    Language
    English
    Platform
    web-apps
  18. License
    Free
    Language
    English
    Platform
    web-apps
    PROS: Cross-platform. Up to 12 participants in a single video call. Active social community.
    CONS: Inconsistent user experience across platforms. Slow performance.
  19. License
    Free
    Language
    English
    Platform
    web-apps
    PROS: Chat with contacts from Facebook or Google Talk within app. Video chat is simple to use. Nice, clean interface.
    CONS: Potential security issues with remotely stored chat histories. Not as many users as on other IM clients.
  20. PROS: Supports multiple accounts. Supports conference chats. Lots of personalization options.
    CONS: Lots of ads. Chat opens in new window.

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