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Skype
Skype
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(13,139 votes)
Freeware

Skype is my first choice for video chatting. High audio-quality is the main feature that distinguishes it from other Internet telephony applications. It also uses very little Internet data. Skype works on PC, tablets, and smartphones that have Internet access. Calling from one Skype account to another is free. But to call from Skype to a phone number, you have to spend prepaid charges.

Yahoo! Messenger
Yahoo! Messenger
User rating:
(11,458 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 Video and Voice Plug-in
Google Talk Video and Voice Plug-in
User rating:
(216 votes)
Freeware

Google Talk Video and Voice Plug-in supports most common browsers like Firefox, Chrome, Internet Explorer, etc. It is required so that you can make video calls to your contacts in Google Mail. It can also be used on Google Hangouts. You can make video conferences with up to 10 people, using this add-on.

Google Talk
Google Talk
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(2,688 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
User rating:
(536 votes)
Shareware

WecamMax enables you to add thousands of effects or doodling to webcam video for live video chats, streaming or recording. As a virtual webcam, it also enables you to show videos, pictures, desktop screen or even multiple webcam videos to others.

IMBooster
IMBooster
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(418 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.

Facebook Messenger
Facebook Messenger
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(881 votes)
Freeware

Facebook Messenger is a messaging service which allows Facebook users to chat with friends right from the desktop, but not only that, using it they'll be notified of new friend requests and messages. The idea of the application is great as when we surf the net or use some other app, this service will definitely come in handy, because we won't have to click away to stay in touch with friends.

LINE
LINE
User rating:
(1,100 votes)
Freeware

Line is a social networking program for smartphones, and PCs. It can be used to send instant messages with one-on-one or group chats. It lets you share photos, videos, voice messages, contacts, and location information easily with your friends. You can also make free voice calls to them.

ooVoo
ooVoo
User rating:
(433 votes)
Freeware

ooVoo is a free video chat program that enables you to communicate with people from all over the world. You can record your video calls and relive every conversation and upload your chats to YouTube so your friends can catch up on what they missed, send video messages and files or share your screen.

Mail.Ru Agent
Mail.Ru Agent
User rating:
(594 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:
(1,009 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.

Windows Live Mesh
Windows Live Mesh
User rating:
(43 votes)
Freeware

Access the stuff on your computers from almost anywhere. With Windows Live Mesh and the Devices website, you can finally stop emailing files to yourself, carrying them around on a USB drive, or worrying whether the version you have with you is the latest.

SkypEmoticons
SkypEmoticons
User rating:
(23 votes)
Freeware

This tool provides a wide selection of conversation tools to help you better express yourself in more creative ways. skypEmoticons completes your Skype chat experience by providing tools such as Emoticons, Display Pictures and alarms. With skypEmoticons, conversations are livelier, more animated, more creative, and more interactive.

ICQ
ICQ
User rating:
(566 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:
(2,981 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.

Messenger Plus! Live
Messenger Plus! Live
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(1,921 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.

MSN Messenger
MSN Messenger
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(1,110 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.

RaidCall
RaidCall
User rating:
(98 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.

mIRC
mIRC
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(283 votes)
Shareware

mIRC is a very popular IRC (Internet relay chat) client. This program allows you to connect to various networks at the same time. Fortunately, it allows voice chat, text formatting and multimedia objects. Moreover, it can handle CTCP commands and events. The interface is rather straightforward; yet, its design is not very attractive.

Xfire
Xfire
User rating:
(373 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

Pidgin
Pidgin
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(157 votes)
Open source

Tired of ads in chat programs?, Pidgin contains no ads, all the conversation they are grouped in tabs in a single window. You can be chatting on MSN, Google Talk, or Yahoo simultaneously because you can log in to accounts multiples at the same time. It can run on every Windows version. Every standard feature today in chat networks is supported.

Chikka TXT Messenger
Chikka TXT Messenger
User rating:
(203 votes)
Freeware

Chikka is an instant messenger that lets you send free text messages to mobile subscribers, wherever you are, from the web or from a downloadable messenger. The new Chikka currently supports mobile subscribers of Smart, Sun and Globe.The new Chikka currently supports mobile subscribers of Smart, Sun and Globe

Bandoo
Bandoo
User rating:
(720 votes)
Freeware

Bandoo gives you cool new ways to express yourself in Live Messenger, Hotmail, Yahoo IM & Mail, Gmail and Outlook Express, pumping your conversations full of endless fun and surprises! With countless Emoticons, Nudges, Winks, and Images, and new collections added regularly, there will always be something new to freshen up the conversation!

QQ International
QQ International
User rating:
(66 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.

join.me
join.me
User rating:
(5 votes)
Freeware

join.me it's light, fast, and free so you can share your screen instantly and have ad-hoc meetings with a few people, or a lot, as many times as you'd like. Get your people together, without actually getting them together. Just instantly share your screen so everybody's on the same page.

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