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Messenger for Mac Alternatives

Messenger for Mac is described as 'Messenger:mac (or Microsoft Messenger for Mac) is Microsofts version of the popular Windows Live Messenger for the Mac platform' and is a instant messenger in the social & communications category. There are more than 10 alternatives to Messenger for Mac for a variety of platforms, including Mac, Windows, Linux, Online / Web-based and Android. The best alternative is Skype, which is free. Other great apps like Messenger for Mac are Pidgin, Facebook Messenger, Adium and Whereby.

Messenger for Mac alternatives are mainly Instant Messengers but may also be Group Chat Apps or Video Calling Apps. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of Messenger for Mac.
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  1. Skype icon

    Skype

    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Online
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Blackberry
    • Chrome OS
    • Windows S
    • Android Tablet
    • BSD
    • Windows Phone
    • iPad
    • Android Wear
    • PortableApps.com
    314 alternatives to Skype 

    Skype is the most popular free voice-over IP and instant messaging service globally. It allows users to text, video and voice call over the internet. Users can also call landlines and mobiles at competitive rates using Skype credit, premium accounts and subscriptions.

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    1.  Screen SharingYou can use Skype to share your screen with your colleages or friends.
    2.  VoiP CallsSkype allows you to make voice calls over Internet using the Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP).
    3.  LightweightSkype consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
    4.  IFTTT IntegrationYou can connect different services to automatically trigger actions within Skype using IFTTT.
    5.  Live Captions TranslationSkype can add captions to a video call, audio messages or multimedia file and translate them in real time.
    Main window on MS Windows
    Call on Windows
  2. Pidgin icon

    Pidgin

    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • BSD
    • PortableApps.com
    • Xfce
    116 alternatives to 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 all at once. It has built-in support for NSS, offering client-to-server message encryption for protocols that support it.

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    1.  Extensible by Plugins/ExtensionsPidgin can be extended with add-ons, plugins and extensions.
    2.  Multiple Account supportPidgin support multiple accounts without the need to logout and login
    3.  VoiP CallsPidgin allows you to make voice calls over Internet using the Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP).
    4.  PortablePidgin can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
    Pidgin chat window
    Contact window


  3. Facebook Messenger icon

    Facebook Messenger

    • Windows
    • Online
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Blackberry
    • Windows S
    • Android Tablet
    • Windows Phone
    • iPad
    • Apple Watch
    • Android Wear
    195 alternatives to Facebook Messenger 

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

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    1.  VoiP CallsFacebook Messenger allows you to make voice calls over Internet using the Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP).
    2.  Face FilterFacebook Messenger uses augmented reality to overlay visual effects/elements on a live video or image.
    3.  Expiring StoriesYou can create, view, interact and share temporary stories in Facebook Messenger.
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  4. Adium icon

    Adium

    72 alternatives to Adium 

    Adium is a free and open source instant messaging application for Mac OS X, written using Mac OS Xs Cocoa API, released under the GNU GPL and developed by the Adium team. Based on the libpurple protocol library, Adium can connect you to any number of messaging accounts on any...

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  5. Whereby icon

    Whereby

    • Online
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Android Tablet
    • iPad
    131 alternatives to Whereby 

    Video conversations with up to 8 people in your browser - no downloads, no login. Just name your channel and you are on. Works in all modern browsers, even mobile.

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    1.  Screen SharingYou can use Whereby to share your screen with your colleages or friends.
    2.  No registration requiredYou can use most of the features in Whereby without registration.
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  6. Kopete icon

    Kopete

    • Mac
    • Linux
    • BSD
    47 alternatives to Kopete 

    Kopete is an instant messenger supporting AIM, ICQ, Jabber, Gadu-Gadu, Novell GroupWise Messenger, and more. It is designed to be a flexible and extensible multi-protocol system suitable for personal and enterprise use.

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  7. IM+ icon

    IM+

    • Online
    • Windows Mobile
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Java Mobile
    • Symbian S60
    • HP webOS
    • Blackberry
    • Android Tablet
    • Windows Phone
    • iPad
    • Kindle Fire
    105 alternatives to IM+ 

    Chat everywhere! IM+ is the most widely used mobile IM app! Connect all-in-one to MSN, Yahoo!, Google Talk, AIM, Jabber, ICQ, Facebook, MySpace and Twitter on ALL popular mobile platforms.

    The widest selection of unique features that you won't find in any other IM client!.

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    1.  Multiple Account supportIM+ support multiple accounts without the need to logout and login
    IM+ Web Messenger
    IM+ on iPad
  8. KakaoTalk icon

    KakaoTalk

    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Android Wear
    97 alternatives to 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. (no SMS service)

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    1.  VoiP CallsKakaoTalk allows you to make voice calls over Internet using the Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP).
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    iPhone (2)
  9. Pinger icon

    Pinger

    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Online
    • Android
    • iPhone
    78 alternatives to 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 of your communications—texts, pics, calls, voicemails—all in one place.

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  10. Emesene icon

    Emesene

    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • BSD
    9 alternatives to Emesene 

    emesene is an instant messenger capable of connecting to various networks and utilizing different graphical toolkits. Currently msn and jabber are supported through papyon and xmppy, which allows emesene to connect to various IM services such as GTalk, Facebook Chat, etc.

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    This app doesn't have any features at the moment.
    Discontinued

    Development is dormant, but source code is available at Github. Last version, 2.12.9, released on September 06, 2012, can be still downloaded from the official website.

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