Alternatives to Windows Live Messenger for all platforms with any license

  • Skype icon

    Skype

    Skype is the most popular free voice-over IP and instant messaging service globally. It allows users to text, video and voice call...

    Freemium Mac Windows Linux Web / Cloud Android iPhone ... Blackberry Chrome OS Windows RT Android Tablet BSD Windows Phone iPad Apple Watch Android Wear

  • 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

  • Pidgin icon

    Pidgin

    Pidgin is an easy to use, multi-protocol chat client client used by millions. Connect to AIM, MSN, Yahoo, XMPP, and more chat networks...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux BSD Xfce

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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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

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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

  • 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

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    RetroShare

    RetroShare is a open source cross-platform, private and secure decentralized communication system. It lets you to securely chat, share...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux

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  • Origin icon

    Origin

    Origin is your new digital playground. It’s where you go to find the best that EA has to offer.

    Commercial Mac Windows Web / Cloud

  • 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

  • Imo icon

    Imo

    Message and video chat with your friends and family for free. Features - Make high-quality video and voice calls on Android and...

    Free Windows Android iPhone Android Tablet iPad

  • ICQ icon

    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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    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

  • Yahoo! Messenger icon

    Yahoo! Messenger

    Stay in touch with your friends and family while sharing favorite photos using one of the most popular instant messaging applications

    Free Web / Cloud Android iPhone Blackberry

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    IM+

    Chat everywhere! IM+ is the most widely used mobile IM app! Connect all-in-one to MSN, Yahoo!, Google Talk, AIM, Jabber, ICQ...

    Freemium Web / Cloud Windows Mobile Android iPhone Java Mobile S60 ... HP webOS Blackberry Android Tablet Windows Phone iPad Kindle Fire

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    Nimbuzz

    Nimbuzz offers limited availablility free calls and limited availability free text messaging for users via 3G and WiFi. Calls to other...

    Freemium Mac Windows Web / Cloud Android iPhone Java Mobile ... S60 HP webOS Blackberry Android Tablet Windows Phone iPad Chrome Kindle Fire

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    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

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    Kopete

    Kopete is an instant messenger supporting AIM, ICQ, MSN, Yahoo, Jabber, IRC, Gadu-Gadu, Novell GroupWise Messenger, and more. It is...

    Open Source Mac Linux BSD

  • Jappix icon

    Jappix

    Jappix is a fresh new open social platform which enables you to create your own cloud, wherever you want to. People must be able to...

    Open Source Web / Cloud Self-Hosted

  • Ventrilo icon

    Ventrilo Discontinued

    Ventrilo is the next evolutionary step of Voice over IP (VoIP) group communications software.

    Free Mac Windows

  • BlackBerry Messenger icon

    BlackBerry Messenger

    BlackBerry Messenger is a FREE messaging app available for Blackberry, iOS, Android and Windows Phone. BBM has unique features to...

    Freemium Android iPhone Blackberry Android Tablet Windows Phone iPad ... Apple Watch Android Wear Kindle Fire

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    KakaoTalk

    KakaoTalk is a phone number based messenger service that allows users anywhere in the world to chat one-to-one or in a group for free....

    Freemium Mac Windows Android iPhone Blackberry Windows Phone ... Android Wear Kindle Fire

  • Yoono icon

    Yoono Discontinued

    Yoono is an easy to use application that allows you to connect to all your social networks and instant messaging services - in one...

    Free Mac Windows Linux Chrome Firefox

  • GameTracker icon

    GameTracker

    GameTracker is your one-stop social network for gamers with game server stats, website plugins, and game server banners. From current...

    Free Mac Windows Web / Cloud

  • Phoner icon

    Phoner

    Softphone for VoIP, CAPI und TAPI. This application enables voice connections to landline, cellular network and VoIP. Phoner can be...

    Free Windows

  • Coccinella icon

    Coccinella

    Coccinella is a free and open-source cross-platform instant messaging client with a built-in whiteboard for improved collaboration...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux BSD

  • Emesene icon

    Emesene Discontinued

    emesene is an instant messenger capable of connecting to various networks and utilizing different graphical toolkits. Currently msn...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux BSD

  • Garena Plus icon

    Garena Plus

    Garena is a free downloadable software provided by Ocean Global Holding. Garena, short for Global Arena, is a multifunction platform...

    Free Windows

  • Brosix icon

    Brosix

    Brosix is a secure Instant Messaging and collaboration tool, ideal for everyday communication for business and leisure. Two...

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

  • Voxox icon

    Voxox

    VoxOx is the first ever Universal Communicator Service that manages all forms of cross-media communication for consumers. Signup...

    Freemium Web / Cloud Android iPhone

  • Pinger icon

    Pinger

    Pinger lets you text and talk free with the people you care about most, anywhere on the planet. Tap a picture and you'll see all...

    Free Personal Mac Windows Web / Cloud Android iPhone

Windows Live Messenger Comments

Alternative for webcam communication

Comment by Kristofferst
about Windows Live Messenger Jul 2011

Does there exist any alternative capable of webcam communication with Live Messenger users?

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I'm sad that now died because of Facebook chat

Comment by G369
about Windows Live Messenger and Facebook Jun 2011

I'm sad that now died because of facebook chat.... that is no doubt worse.
When I switched to Mac I realized that WL-Messenger sucks.
I loved it on windows.

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Webcam feature often goes down and wont connect with other ...

Comment by s0me0ne
about Windows Live Messenger Jun 2011

Webcam feature often goes down and wont connect with other people at times. Its annoying because I use this to talk to long distance friends and family

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Although I prefer Skype I still use Windows Live Messenger

Comment by pcwiz11
about Windows Live Messenger and Trillian, Skype Jun 2011

Although I prefer Skype I still use Windows Live Messenger because it is certainly more popular with my friends than Skype. Although you can use all kinds of alternatives such as Trillian with your Windows Live ID I find that nothing compares to the official Windows Live Messenger.

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WLM does have a useful feature, in that it supports the ini ...

Comment by Ti
about Windows Live Messenger Jun 2011

WLM does have a useful feature, in that it supports the initiation of a Remote Assistance session - useful if you want to help out a friend or relative with something simple.

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Very bloated software

Comment by Mur
about Windows Live Messenger and Pidgin Jun 2011

Very bloated software, I find pidgin to run much better and comes with more features like spell checking.

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