• Telegram icon

    Telegram

    Telegram is a messaging app with a focus on speed and security. It’s superfast, simple and free. It is like SMS, but more powerful.

    Free Mac Windows Linux Web / Cloud Android iPhone ... Android Tablet Windows Phone iPad Apple Watch Android Wear

    • Telegram does not - currently - support VoIP calls. It's exclusively an instant messaging platform.
      Guest • Nov 2015 Disagree   Agree
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    Hangouts

    Hangouts is a messaging app that lets you send and receive messages, photos and more, and even start free video and voice calls – one...

    Free Windows Web / Cloud Android iPhone Chrome OS Android Tablet ... iPad Chrome Android Wear

    • Its email systems voice and screen sharing file send it really good. That's why it is better then skype
      Guest • Mar 2016 Disagree   Agree
  • Tox icon

    Tox

    Send messages, files, create groups and make Tox to Tox audio and video calls. Securely.

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux Android iPhone Android Tablet ... BSD

  • Slack icon

    Slack

    Slack brings all your communication together in one place. It's real-time messaging, archiving and search for modern teams.

    Freemium Mac Windows Linux Web / Cloud Android iPhone ... Apple Watch Electron / Atom Shell

    • With the new VOIP it has replaced Skype in our office.
      OlaSep 2016 Disagree   Agree
  • Discord icon

    Discord

    All-in-one voice and text chat for gamers that’s free, secure, and works on both your desktop and phone.

    Free Mac Windows Linux Web / Cloud Android iPhone

    • I've never found a desktop messaging software that works half as good and stably as Discordapp on a web browser. So much that I couldn't be bother to even try the Windows software.... I use the APP on my Droid, which is every bit as good and yet unbeatable from any other messaging service that I tried. Also excellent for rapid file and image (full quality) droppings.
      m80116Sep 2016 Disagree   Agree
    • Not even a bit of CPU is used. It's great for gaming, free, and NO ADS.
      LouieK22Sep 2016 Disagree   Agree
    • Functionality of teamspeak but with the ease of access and clean design better than skype.
      Guest • Feb 2016 Disagree   Agree
  • WhatsApp Messenger icon

    WhatsApp Messenger

    WhatsApp Messenger is a cross-platform mobile messaging app which allows you to exchange messages without having to pay for SMS....

    Free Mac Windows Web / Cloud Android iPhone S60 ... Blackberry Android Tablet Windows Phone Blackberry 10 Android Wear Kindle Fire

    • Skype and Whatsapp can be both used on mobile as a text chat
      Venom88Sep 2016 Disagree   Agree
    • WhatsApp does not have a video call option
      Guest • Jun 2016 Disagree   Agree
    • Skype is know from doing calls & videoconference, specially on the desktop. WhatsApp is implementing now the calling feature, but not all the users have it. They don't have videochat support and is not available on desktop (well, we have WhatsApp Web, but only is a remote controller with a few funcionality: nothing about caling or videochat).
      EliasNSMar 2015 Disagree   Agree
  • Mumble icon

    Mumble

    Mumble is an open source, low-latency, high quality voice chat software primarily intended for use while gaming.

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux iPhone BSD iPad

    • Completely open source, very high quality
      Guest • Nov 2016 Disagree   Agree
    • Mumble requires a server. Skype is end-to-end
      Guest • Mar 2016 Disagree   Agree
    • Communication more lightweight due to new opus codec when communicating
      Guest • Aug 2015 Disagree   Agree
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    Jitsi

    Jitsi (previously SIP Communicator) is an audio/video and chat communicator with full end-to-end encryption that supports protocols...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux Web / Cloud Android BSD

    • Does XMPP for chat, Sip for voice. I like the open federation with most XMPP accounts and it's still working as a chat client among Gmail accounts.
      GordonDejeroJun 2016 Disagree   Agree
    • it does everything skype does and more, including end-to-end voice and text encryption, which skype does not.
      Guest • Feb 2016 Disagree   Agree
    • Jitsi is a front-end capable of using multiple protocols. Using XMPP, it can provide text, voice, video, and screen-sharing calls as Skype would. On a server with MUP enabled, it also allows groups. File sharing may be slow, but no slower than Skype. As such, Jitsi can functionally replace Skype.
      Guest • Dec 2015 Disagree   Agree
  • Viber icon

    Viber

    Viber is a mobile application that lets you make free phone calls and send text messages to anyone who also has the application...

    Freemium Mac Windows Linux Android iPhone Windows RT ... Android Tablet Windows Phone iPad Blackberry 10 Apple Watch

  • Signal icon

    Signal

    TextSecure and RedPhone have been merged to create Signal! Using Signal, you can communicate instantly while avoiding SMS fees...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux Android iPhone Chrome

  • Facebook Messenger icon

    Facebook Messenger

    Facebook Messenger is a faster way to message. Reach friends right on their phones, get and send messages fast, message everyone at...

    Free Windows Web / Cloud Android iPhone Blackberry Android Tablet ... iPad Apple Watch Android Wear

  • Trillian icon

    Trillian

    Trillian is an instant messaging app that works on phones, tablets, and desktops while keeping your chats neatly synchronized between...

    Freemium Mac Windows Linux Web / Cloud Android iPhone ... Blackberry iPad

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    Linphone

    Linphone is an internet phone or Voice Over IP phone (VoIP). With Linphone you can communicate freely with people over the internet...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux Web / Cloud Windows Mobile Android ... iPhone Android Tablet Windows Phone iPad Xfce

    • Allows voice, video and text converstaions
      Guest • Jan 2016 Disagree   Agree
  • Mattermost icon

    Mattermost

    Mattermost is an open source, self-hosted Slack -alternative As an alternative to proprietary...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux Android iPhone Android Tablet ... iPad Self-Hosted JavaScript Go (Programming Language)

  • Wire icon

    Wire

    Wire is a secure and private messenger for phones, tablets and desktop. Crystal clear voice and video calls, private group chats, file...

    Free Mac Windows Linux Web / Cloud Android iPhone ... Chrome OS Android Tablet iPad Microsoft Edge Chrome Opera Firefox

    • Group audio calls with screen sharing functionality, open source, nice UI.
      svenjostOct 2016 Disagree   Agree
    • Great security, open source, video calls, responsive developers.
      Guest • Apr 2016 Disagree   Agree
  • Ring icon

    Ring

    Ring is a secure and distributed voice, video and chat communication platform that requires no centralized server and leaves the power...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux Android

  • LINE icon

    LINE

    LINE is a Japanese proprietary application for instant messaging on smartphones and PCs. Line users exchange text messages, graphics...

    Freemium Mac Windows Web / Cloud Android iPhone Blackberry ... Android Tablet Windows Phone iPad Apple Watch

    • Line is more responsive and reliable than Skype on mobile phones.
      gyasettinOct 2016 Disagree   Agree
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    ICQ

    ICQ is one of the oldest instant messengers. First developed by the Israeli company Mirabilis, sold to AOL, sold again and currenly...

    Free Mac Windows Linux Web / Cloud Windows Mobile Android ... iPhone Java Mobile S60 Blackberry Android Tablet Windows Phone iPad Kindle Fire

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  • Glip icon

    Glip

    Glip is instant messaging for teams and businesses to communicate and get work done at the same time. In Glip you work where your...

    Freemium Mac Windows Web / Cloud Android iPhone Android Tablet ... iPad

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    ooVoo

    Free high quality video chat and video conferencing from ooVoo. Talk live face-to-face with up to 6 people at once.

    Freemium Mac Windows Android iPhone Android Tablet Windows Phone ... iPad Kindle Fire

  • WeChat icon

    WeChat

    WeChat is a complete mobile communication and private social networking app. Free, cross-platform, and full-featured, WeChat is the...

    Freemium Mac Windows Android iPhone S60 Blackberry ... Android Tablet Windows Phone iPad Apple Watch

  • Rocket.Chat icon

    Rocket.Chat

    Rocket.Chat is a Web Chat Server, developed in JavaScript, using the Meteor fullstack framework.

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux Android iPhone Self-Hosted

  • Franz icon

    Franz

    Franz is a free messaging app / former Emperor of Austria and combines chat & messaging services into one application. Franz...

    Free Mac Windows Linux

  • HipChat icon

    HipChat

    HipChat is an instant messaging service designed for companies and teams. It has persistent chat rooms, one-to-one chat, searchable...

    Freemium Mac Windows Linux Web / Cloud Android iPhone ... Android Tablet iPad Self-Hosted Apple Watch

  • Digsby icon

    Digsby Discontinued

    Digsby is a multiprotocol IM client that lets you chat with all your friends on AIM, MSN, Yahoo, ICQ, Google Talk, and Jabber with one...

    Open Source Windows

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    Matrix.org

    Matrix is an open standard for decentralized persistent communication over IP. It can be used for decentralised group chat, ...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux Web / Cloud Android iPhone ... Android Tablet iPad Self-Hosted WebRTC Python JavaScript Go (Programming Language) Java Perl

  • Curse icon

    Curse

    The next generation in gaming communication is here. Curse brings your favorite games, friends, teammates and communities together...

    Free Mac Windows Web / Cloud Android iPhone Android Tablet ... iPad

  • Ekiga icon

    Ekiga

    Ekiga (formely known as GnomeMeeting) is an open source VoIP and video conferencing application for GNOME. Ekiga uses both the H.323...

    Open Source Windows Linux

  • Psi+ icon

    Psi+

    Psi+ is a development branch of Psi IM XMPP/Jabber client. Psi is a cross-platform powerful XMPP/Jabber client (Qt, C++) designed...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux BSD

  • YakYak icon

    YakYak

    What does it do: * Send/receive chat messages * Create/change conversations (rename, add people) * Leave/delete...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux

  • Actor icon

    Actor

    Actor Messenger is an encrypted messaging created by a former developer of telegram.

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux Web / Cloud Android iPhone ... iPad

  • Isotoxin icon

    Isotoxin

    Multiprotocol messenger with Tox and XMPP support.

    Open Source Windows

  • qiscus icon

    qiscus

    qiscus organizes your work discussions into rooms and topics to help your team become more efficient and productive.

    Free Personal Mac Windows Linux Web / Cloud Android iPhone ... Chrome OS iPad

  • Vsee icon

    Vsee

    Extremely low bandwidth video collaboration software that supports application sharing, desktop sharing, file sharing, and PTZ camera...

    Free Personal Mac Windows

  • Tencent QQ icon

    Tencent QQ

    Tencent QQ, generally referred to as QQ, is the most popular free instant messaging computer program in Mainland China, and has over...

    Free Mac Windows Android iPhone Android Tablet Windows Phone ... iPad Facebook