Windows Live Messenger is described as 'With Live Messenger you can chat online instantly in real time with friends, family and colleagues. Its faster than e-mail, more discreet than a phone call' and is a well-known app in the Social & Communications category. There are more than 25 alternatives to Windows Live Messenger for a variety of platforms, including Windows, Mac, Android, Linux and iPhone. The best alternative is Telegram, which is free. Other great apps like Windows Live Messenger are Signal (Free, Open Source), Jitsi (Free, Open Source), Skype (Freemium) and Tox (Free, Open Source).
Signal is a messaging app with an unexpected focus on privacy, combined with all the features expected from a modern IM app. Signal has received a lot of praise from all around the world for its security and privacy-respecting technologies.
Jitsi (previously SIP Communicator) is an audio/video and chat communicator with full encryption that supports protocols such as SIP, XMPP/Jabber, ICQ/AIM, Windows Live, Yahoo!, GTalk/Hangouts extensions, as well as OTR, ZRTP, etc.
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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Skype vs Windows Live Messenger opinions
Some users think Skype is a great alternative to Windows Live Messenger, some don't.
can't use my own emoticons, doesn't play well across other IM programs, space hog.
WhatsApp is an iPhone and Android messaging app which allows you to exchange messages without having to pay for SMS. In addition to basic messaging WhatsApp users can create groups, send each other unlimited images, video and audio media messages.
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WhatsApp vs Windows Live Messenger opinions
pros, cons and recent comments
ajbrown678 It is better to use on your smartphone than WLM, easier.
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.
Mumble was the first and is the most successful and wide spread free and open source software for VoIP. It was the first VoIP software to provide low-latency audio suitable for gaming, and at the same time was a pioneer in high audio quality at the same time.
RetroShare is a open source cross-platform, private and secure decentralized communication system. It lets you to securely chat, share photos, videos, and more, using OpenPGP to authenticate peers and...