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Skype
Skype
User rating:
(14,513 votes)
Freeware

Skype is probably the best video and voice chat program for Windows PC. It has the ability to maintain high audio and video quality even on a low-speed Internet connection. You get a variety of emoticons and video clips (called Mojis) to express your emotions; these Mojis are updated regularly with each version of Skype.

Yahoo! Messenger
Yahoo! Messenger
User rating:
(11,547 votes)
Freeware

Yahoo! Messenger - Chat with friends and enjoy stealth settings, video calls, PC calls, file sharing, photo sharing, SMS, emoticons, & more. Send instant messages in real-time to your friends. Share photos from your desktop or Flickr, then discuss them over IM while you and a friend view them together. Make a voice call to another Yahoo! Messenger user.

Google Talk
Google Talk
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(2,716 votes)
Freeware

You can use emoticons, set status messages, send files or create voice mails. In case you are not online on Google Talk, and a friend is trying to chat with you, the message he/she wrote to you will be displayed to you as soon you log in, thanks to the “history” feature.

WebcamMax
WebcamMax
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(590 votes)
Shareware

Webcam Max can be used to modify a webcam image in a number of ways. In this respect, the results may be streamed on messengers or saved as files. Unfortunately, the application has a poorly designed interface, which sometimes makes using the application unnecessarily complicated. To make things worse, there´s no direct link to any kind of help documentation.

SweetIM for Messenger
SweetIM for Messenger
User rating:
(579 votes)
Freeware

SweetIM is a Chat and Instant Messaging application compatible with Facebook, windows live messenger, Yahoo messenger ICQ and E-mail. SweetIM Messenger has a easy to use and friendly interface making the software accessible for everyone from novice to experienced user.

ooVoo
ooVoo
User rating:
(451 votes)
Freeware

ooVoo is a free-to-use app communication tool for Windows OS. You get one-on-one and group video calling, text and picture messaging, screen sharing, free voice calling, and more. With ooVoo’s advanced targeting tools, ads can be tailored to an audience by age, gender, language, location, and more.

Mail.Ru Agent
Mail.Ru Agent
User rating:
(615 votes)
Freeware

Mail.Ru Agent is Russia’s most popular online communication program providing for you to remain in touch with your friends and to make new acquaintances. • Use voice and video communications for free; • Send and receive messages in popular social networks and messengers; • Send free SMS; • Share your impressions via microblogs; • Take part in multiuser conferences.

Nimbuzz
Nimbuzz
User rating:
(1,029 votes)
Freeware

Nimbuzz is just like Skype: you can make phone calls and send messages. Calling another Nimbuzz users through the Internet is free. But you need to recharge your account with money for calling phone numbers. The application is available for most of the mobile phones, tablets, and desktop computers.

IMBooster
IMBooster
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(419 votes)
Freeware

This tool helps you improve and enjoy your Messenger experience, offering you a long list of Emoticons, Video Winks, Winks, Big Emos, Buddy Bubbles, Mood Avatars and many more. Using IMBooster contents, you will be able to express your inner feelings in a much advanced and beautiful way.

SweetIM Toolbar for Internet Explorer
SweetIM Toolbar for Internet Explorer
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(365 votes)
Freeware

SweetIM Toolbar for Internet Explorer, and SweettIM for Messenger are the two programs contained in SweetIM software package. SweetIM Toolbar installs itself as an extra toolbar in our Internet Explorer browser. We can enrich and add a pinch of salt in the form of emoticons, animated images, celebrities’ videos, etc., to blogs, web e-mail, forums, social networks, and web pages.

RaidCall
RaidCall
User rating:
(106 votes)
Freeware

RaidCall is a program for holding a custom online group-chat. You can discover online communities based on similar interests, games, and activities. You can transfer files, screenshots, etc. The program also has features like a voice recorder, poll, and activity log. It can be synchronized with Facebook - you can also invite friends using it.

ICQ
ICQ
User rating:
(583 votes)
Freeware

ICQ is a free program that allows you to make video calls and chat with your friends. You can share your photos and videos to all your friends including friends from Facebook, GoogleTalk, studiVZ, Mail.ru and AIM. You can also connect your email account to ICQ and get notifications about new messages.

Windows Live Messenger
Windows Live Messenger
User rating:
(2,987 votes)
Freeware

Windows Live Messenger combines instant messaging features with social networking, so you can stay in touch with the important people in your life. Additionally, with Windows Live Messenger you can share photos and videos, and play games with friends while you chat.

MSN Messenger
MSN Messenger
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(1,112 votes)
Freeware

Microsoft Network launched its latest version of chat messenger on 18th September 2008.This version is better than others as it has option of mail filter and other security options like hiding your images. It shows how much storage is available in the messenger window itself.

Paltalk Messenger
Paltalk Messenger
User rating:
(178 votes)
Freeware

Paltalk Messenger is a free-to-use messaging software. Main features: - Browse over 5,000 active group chat rooms. - Video chat and message your friends and family privately and instantly, outside of chat rooms. - Post YouTube and SoundCloud clips in chatrooms so everyone can watch and listen together.

QQ International
QQ International
User rating:
(87 votes)
Freeware

QQ International is a program that allows you to enjoy multi-user HD video calls, multimedia group streaming and live chat translations to 50 languages. You can transfer files or stream multimedia content in real time to groups of friends, join and manage permanent online chat rooms and always keep track of your contacts and chat history.

mIRC
mIRC
User rating:
(287 votes)
Shareware

mIRC is a full-featured Internet Relay Chat client for Windows that can be used to communicate, share, play or work with others on IRC networks around the world, either in multi-user group conferences or in one-to-one private discussions. this app has a powerful scripting language that can be used both to automate mIRC and to create applications.

Xfire
Xfire
User rating:
(375 votes)
Freeware

This program gets you into in any game`s comunity very easy. You can get to play with your friends the favorite games and chat with them at the same time in one dedicated program. Play some famous games like StarCraft, Counter-Strike, Dungeon Siege and Diablo II

Messenger Plus! Live
Messenger Plus! Live
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(1,925 votes)
Freeware

Messenger Plus! Live is an add-on for Windows Live Messenger. This program adds a lot of new functions to your Messenger. It allows to use different skins, and even includes a program that you can use to design your own skin, both for the Messenger itself and for the chat window.

Pidgin
Pidgin
User rating:
(164 votes)
Freeware

Choosing Pidgin as messenger has an advantages on those who uses different IMs. With the aid of Pidgin you can open and access all your accounts from different IMs. Pidgin offers you the possibility to communicate and chat on many protocols like: Google Talk, MSN Messenger, Yahoo Messenger, Facebook Chat, AIM, Bonjour, Jabber, XMMP, MySpace IM, Lotus Same Time, QQ and Novell GroupWise Messenger.

Ventrilo
Ventrilo
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(130 votes)
Freeware

Ventrilo 3.0 is a Voice over IP (VoIP) communicator software wich allows you to communicate with multiple people or create a user-to-user conversation. It uses a chat similar to IRC (Internet Relay Chat) . You can configure the channel you are using with many options, send TTS (Text-to-speech) messages or adjust sound effects including surround and playback or record voice streams.

Facebook Desktop
Facebook Desktop
User rating:
(590 votes)
Freeware

Facebook Desktop is an easy to use Windows program that with a friendly interface and a small memory footprint that provides updates to a the users facebook profile, such as messages, pokes, wall posts, and friend requests. Stay logged in until you log out!

WebEx Productivity Tools
WebEx Productivity Tools
User rating:
(5 votes)
Freeware

Cisco WebEx Productivity Tools lets you start, schedule, and join WebEx Meeting sessions from Outlook, messenger, and other supported programs. It can turn an instant message into an instant meeting, using integrated audio and video. Simply click the Start Meeting button on your IM client and web browser and enter the meeting information.

LAN Messenger
LAN Messenger
User rating:
(19 votes)
Freeware

LAN Messenger is a program that sends dflw game chat messages over LAN (local area network) or internet this means that you can chat in a dflw server on another computer where dflw isn't open! LAN Messenger has a abusive language detector and host editor. You can save the score of all players in your server too and much more.

IM Magician
IM Magician
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User rating:
(69 votes)
Freeware

IM Magician is a handy and free video chat application. This program works with any broadband network and even with a dial-up network. IM Magician was developed to work as an additional utility and as a standalone application. It is used with other chatting programs, such as Skype, MSN, QQ, Yahoo Messenger and others.