QQ Messenger

Texting tool that turns up the cuteness factor

6.7

533 Votes

  • Category Instant Messaging
  • License Free
  • Version International 1.6
  • Size 36.52 MB
  • Works under Windows 8 / Windows 7 / Windows Vista / Windows XP
  • Language English
  • Program by Tencent

With QQ Messenger, staying in touch with family and friends from around the world is easier than ever before. You can even use this messaging software to make some new friends on the web too.

It doesn't seem like it was that long ago that nearly everyone in the world used messaging programs from AOL and Yahoo. As a teenager, you probably loved chatting with friends, making new friends, sharing files, and even creating your own away messages when you stepped away from the computer. QQ Messenger is a newer piece of software that recreates some of the fun of those old programs. It's extremely popular in China and has billions of people using the program every day.

Also known as QQ International, it features an adorable penguin as its mascot and includes an image of that penguin at the top of the screen. You'll need a user ID and password to log in, but the program includes a link to an account sign up page that lets you easily create a new ID. You can then provide some basic information, including your age, location, hobbies, and even horoscope. This makes it easier for others to find you online. The program even lets you add a photo to your account.

Once you have an account, you'll find a number of useful features. It comes with a status and alerts section that shows you which of your contacts are online and any special alerts. As you chat with friends, you can share audio and video clips. If you have a web cam connected to your computer, you can even turn it on and use this program to host a video chat. The frame rate and overall look of that video depends on your web cam and the strength of your internet signal.

One of the main issues with QQ Messenger is that it assigns all users a numeric code and requires that you search for others based on that code instead of their screen names or real names. There are also some issues with using new skins, adding contacts to your list, and even removing the program. You may not like that you cannot change the look of the chat window either, which looks a little outdated. QQ Messenger is best for those who want to chat online and are tired of traditional messaging programs.

Pros:

  • Has more than one billion users around the world
  • Lets you have video chats with a connected web cam
  • Comes with translation software
  • Can play games with registered users online
  • Suitable for both kids and adults

Cons:

  • Removing the program from your computer isn't easy
  • There are limits to how you can customize the program
  • Skins that you download may look strange
  • Requires that you search for others by number instead of name
  • Some issues with adding new contacts and changing the program
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