Download Chat Interface - Best Software & Apps

  • Colloquy

    4129 2.3

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Mac

    Elegant internet chat client for Mac

    6
    12 votes
    • PROS: Elegant interface, Supports a multitude of plugins
    • CONS: Doesn't support audio or voice
  • Skype

    Beta Series 60 (3rd Edition FP2) 0.9.0.0

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Symbian

    Make Skype calls on a Nokia phone

    7
    298 votes
    • PROS: Compact, easy-to-use interface, Permits group conversations, Send files, Syncs with phone contacts, Range of emoticons
    • CONS: No video functionality
  • Voxer Walkie-Talkie PTT

    3.9.4

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    iPhone

    Turn your iPhone into a walkie-talkie

    4
    7 votes
    • PROS: Fun, Interface is easy to use, Connect via Facebook
    • CONS: Can be confusing when you get lots of messages
  • Conversation

    (S60 3rd) 8.40

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Symbian
    Mac

    Track SMS conversations on your mobile

    5
    31 votes
    • PROS: Integrates neatly with message menu
    • CONS: Doesn't work with email
  • HipChat - Chat Built for Teams

    3.16.009

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Android

    Free Software to Streamline Chats Within the Business Community

    -
    No votes yet
    • PROS: Fully customisable skins and profiles to streamline the user interface, Open APIs are available for programmers and developers
    • CONS: Access to the full version will require a paid subscription, It may suddenly drop offline from time to time for no apparent reason
  • goober Messenger

    2.1

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows
    Mac

    Multifunctional messenger with TV, radio and more

    7
    36 votes
    • PROS: Has tons of features from an IM client to online videos , Well presented and polished interface, Includes RSS feeds and HD video chats, Widgets expand goober Messenger
    • CONS: Interface is a little cluttered, Radio and video channels are obscure, A lot to pack into what is essentially an IM client
  • Mercury Messenger

    1.9.5

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Mac
    Windows

    Java based MSN Messenger IM client

    8
    171 votes
    • PROS: Interesting RSS support, Open up multiple accounts, Interchangeable interface, Supports webcams
    • CONS: Basic interface, Limited to MSN accounts
  • IM+ (IMPlus)

    for Java 4.6.4

    License
    buy Download
    Platform
    Java
    Pocket PC
    BlackBerry

    Instant messaging on your cellphone

    8
    15 votes
    • Nikotel

      2.1

      License
      free Download
      Platform
      Windows

      Text messages, voice and video conferencing app

      6
      6 votes
      • PROS: Clean slick interface, Allows you to call, text and video conference
      • CONS: Call costs not much different from Skype
    • Teamspeak

      Server 3.0.11

      License
      free Download
      Platform
      Mac

      Create your own private servers on TeamSpeak

      7
      6 votes
      • PROS: Allows you to create your own TeamSpeak servers, Simple web based interface
      • CONS: Takes a bit of time to setup
    • IM+

      3.6

      License
      buy Download
      Platform
      Java
      Symbian

      Advanced instant messaging application for Java phones

      7
      7 votes
      • Gabtastik

        0.21

        License
        free Download
        Platform
        Windows
        Mac

        An interface for online chats

        5
        7 votes
        • PROS: Works with multiple tabs, Uses up little RAM
        • CONS: Only works with Google Talk, Facebook Chat and meebo
      • Nimbuzz

        2.40

        License
        free Download
        Platform
        Symbian

        Chat with friends on MSN, Google Talk, ICQ and Yahoo!

        7
        52 votes
        • PROS: Assimilates contacts from all your messaging and social networks, Clear chat and messaging interface, Plenty of options and settings, Reliable VoIP connection
        • CONS: Can work out expensive if you don't have a data plan, Not too many emoticons
      • BRAVIS Galaxy 4free

        1.5

        License
        free Download
        Platform
        Windows

        Conduct video conferences with multiple users

        9
        75 votes
        • PROS: Simple interface, Easy to use, Accepts unlimited users
        • CONS: Not many advanced conferencing options
      • FoursquareX

        0.10

        License
        free Download
        Platform
        Mac

        See what your friends are up to from your desktop

        4
        3 votes
        • PROS: Growl updates, Simple interface
        • CONS: Currently only popular in US
      • Fossi

        1.0.6

        License
        free Download
        Platform
        Mac

        Free fax interface for Mac

        2
        1 vote
        • PROS: Very simple and easy to use, Supports several online fax accounts, Supports internal modems
        • CONS: Sometimes crashes and fails to restart, Help link doesn't work
      • IM+

        (IMPlus) for Windows Mobile 7.9.2

        License
        buy Download
        Platform
        Windows Mobile

        Chat with friends on multiple networks

        8
        10 votes
        • PROS: Simple, very easy to use, Attractive, if basic, user interface
        • CONS: Lack of full profile support, Not very customizable
      • PockeTwit

        0.86

        License
        free Download
        Platform
        Pocket PC

        Excellent Twitter app for Pocket PC

        5
        1 vote
        • PROS: Supports multiple accounts, Interface makes good use of screen space, Incorporates lots of Twitter features, Upload photos directly from your device
        • CONS: Screen often gets stuck when sliding
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