There is no doubt that Whatsapp is now the world's largest instant messaging app, as of June 2021, Whatsapp has more than 2.5 billion monthly active users, and the growth shows no signs of slowing down. Whatsapp has a variety of clients such as Android,IOS, windows, mac, etc., and also has a web page mode (you need to scan the QR code to log in), which provides great convenience for users, but so far Whatsapp has not developed a Liunx client.
Other notable WhatsApp features include voice and video chat, groups with up to 256 people, and end-to-end encryption on all messages. Whatsapp also has a business model that can be used for commercial promotion.
Telegram is a Windows-friendly instant messenger program, Telegram has some useful features: support for self-destructing messages, groups with up to 200,000 members, bot integration, and the ability to schedule messages for the future.
Of course, telegram also supports Android and IOS systems, and is also the first chat app to support Linux systems.
Compared with Whatsapp, Telegram is lighter and faster. When used on the Windows system, you do not need to log in through a QR code. Just like on the mobile phone, you can complete the login and information synchronization through the phone number.
As the chat product of Microsoft's division, skype is the best PC chat app for messaging. Skype has tight integration with many apps in the Windows operating system.
Of cause, Skype has tight integration with many applications in the Windows operating system.
The most powerful thing about Skype is its instant messaging and video messaging capabilities, when you choose a package, you can even use the app to receive voicemails, call landlines and mobiles, send SMS messages, and create group chats.
Line is a popular instant chat program in Asia, including Korea, Japan, Taiwan, Indonesia, Singapore, etc., but not China.
Of cause, Line also boasts impressive cross-platform support. There are Line apps available for PC, macOS, Android, and iOS. You can also install the Line Chrome extension if you want to send instant messages directly from your web browser.
Line can not only be used as a live chat app, but also can follow some brands, celebrities, pop stars, sports teams, etc. It is also very competent as a fan tool.
WeChat is a real-time chat app with the most users in China, and almost everyone who owns a mobile phone has installed WeChat. So if you want to make friends, study and do business in China, then WeChat is a software you must install.
WeChat is also a free chat app with solid cross-platform support - you can find supported WeChat versions on Android, iOS and PC. However, while WeChat offers a messaging app for Windows and macOS, there is no Linux version.
The main features of WeChat include video messages, custom stickers, Moments sharing and real-time location sharing. WeChat is also very successful in commercial applications. Any developer team can develop WeChat mini-programs on WeChat to target different businesses and users.
6. Facebook messenger
Revenue and the huge user base of facebook and Instagram, although Facebook Messenger is relatively simple in function, it still has a huge number of installations. After all, any instant messaging app is useless if the person you most want to chat with also doesn't have the app installed.
Facebook Messenger has separate apps for Android and IOS. However, only web apps are available on a desktop or laptop. Facebook has not developed a standalone desktop Messenger app for any Windows, Linux or macOS.
UChat was born not long ago. It was officially launched in January 2022. It was only launched in Cambodia at the beginning. UChat is recommended only because it is an instant messaging app, but it contains a large number of application functions, including daily life, business services, and social networking. activities etc.
UChat is also a cross-platform instant messaging application that supports Android, IOS, and PC desktops, but does not have Linux application development and network applications.
Signal is one of the most versatile free chat apps; it has versions for Windows, Mac, Linux, Android and iOS. Signal is so focused on privacy that it has gained a loyal following. Its developers have participated in the secure development of chat applications including Whatsapp, Messenger, Sky, etc.
Viber is available with apps on Windows, Mac, Android and iOS. There is also a web app that requires a QR code to log in.
On Viber there is a feature called Viber Out, which is a VOIP facility that allows you to make calls to mobile and landlines around the world. You can also follow public accounts and chats, create hidden chats, and even play games in the Viber app, which is what sets it apart from other instant chat apps.
As the earliest instant chat application in China, QQ has almost the same functions as OICQ at the beginning. But with subsequent development, the functions are more comprehensive.
QQ chat app provides shopping, playing games, group video chat and other functions now. QQ has cross-platform support, with apps available on Windows, Mac, Android, and iOS.
QQ chat app is also deeply bound with other Tencent products, making it more convenient to use.