Kik Messenger

Kik Messenger

Web site: kik.com
Category: Network
Subcategory: Instant Messengers
Platform: Android, iOS
License: Freeware
Interface: GUI
Programing language: ?
First release: October 19, 2010
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Kik Messenger – an instant messaging mobile app from the Canadian company Kik Interactive Inc.

Kik is way more than just messaging. It’s the easiest way to connect with your friends, stay in the loop, and explore – all through chat. No phone numbers, just pick a username. Stay in touch with all of your friends on Kik, no matter who you are or what device you’re using. Chat one-on-one, with your whole group, or with a bot.

Features:
• Choose who to chat with one-on-one and in groups
• Share pics, videos, gifs, games, and more
• Meet new friends with similar interests

KakaoTalk

KakaoTalk

Web site: kakaocorp.com/service/KakaoTalk
Category: Network
Subcategory: Instant Messengers
Platform: Android, Bada, BlackBerry, iOS, Nokia Asha, OS X, Windows
License: Freeware
Interface: GUI
Programing language: ?
First release: March 18, 2010
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KakaoTalk – a fast & multifaceted messaging app. Send messages, photos, videos, voice notes and your location for free. Make chatting extra fun with an array of emoticons and sticker collections. It is available on iOS, Android, Bada OS, BlackBerry, Windows Phone, Nokia Asha, Windows and macOS.

Features:
– Speedy & reliable messaging no matter what your network
– Free messages & multimedia (photos, videos, voice notes)
– Free high-quality voice calls (1:1 and group)
– SMS messages (available on certain devices and for +82 users only)
– Emoticones support
– Group chats with an unlimited number of friends
– Plus Friend: Exclusive coupons & deals from your favorite brands
– Voice filter: Fun free calls with Talking Tom & Ben’s voice filters
– Share your location
– See who read your messages (unread count)
– Multitask during free calls (send messages in other chat rooms)
– Schedule appointments, lunches, gatherings (w/ reminders)
– Use KakaoTalk on any smartphone and PC (multi-platform)
– Have even more fun with Kakao mobile games

The application is developed by the Kakao Corporation, a South Korean Internet company that was established in 2010.

Gadu-Gadu

Gadu-Gadu

Web site: gg.pl
Category: Network
Subcategory: Instant Messengers
Platform: Android, iOS, Linux, OS X, Windows
License: Proprietary, Freeware
Interface: GUI
Programing language: ?
First release: August 15, 2000
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Gadu-Gadu – a light and friendly application for daily private and corporate communication. It uses a proprietary protocol that features include status messages, file sharing, VoIP, and formatting and embedding images in messages.

Features:
– Chat on the computer and on the phone. You can also chat in the browser without installing the app (available on the desktop version).
– Chat in a conference. Send files and photos, and when you have no one to talk to, randomize the interlocutor.
– Free chat archive and contact finder. The best animated emoticons.
– No matter what device you use the GG. You always have access to the same contact list and conversation archive. Encrypted connections guarantee the security and confidentiality of your conversations.
– Free GG Chat on Your Website – You are not in front of the computer? Serve it in the mobile GG.

Gadu-Gadu is developed by GG Network S.A., Warsaw, Poland, but the company is wholly owned by the South African media company Naspers.

Linkus

Linkus

Web site: yeastar.com/unified-communications/linkus-softphone/
Category: Network
Subcategory: VoIP Clients
Platform: Android, iOS, OS X, Windows
License: Freeware, Proprietary
Interface: GUI
Programing language: ?
First release: 2006
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Linkus – a VoIP client software available for Android and iOS mobile devices, and Windows and OS X as desktop applications. With Linkus Softphone App, all the features of a desk phone can be realized by your mobile device and desktop.

Features:
– Make and receive enterprise VoIP calls over your Wi-Fi or mobile data networks to lower mobile voice charges
– One number reach to conceal your personal mobile phone number and ensure unified corporate identity
– Set up flexible ring strategy for Linkus and the desktop phone
– Select different outbound routes for different destinations (local/long-distance/international, etc.)
– Corporate directory integration with lookup and visual status indicator (available/unavailable/busy)
– Configurable PBX features including Call Transfer, Call Forwarding, Call Waiting, DND, and Ring Timeout
– Support Push Notifications to alert users of incoming calls while conserving energy

LINE

LINE

Web site: line.me
Category: Network
Subcategory: VoIP Clients, Instant Messengers
Platform: Android, iOS, Windows, Web (chrome extension)
License: Freeware, Proprietary
Interface: GUI
Programing language: ?
First release: March 2012
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LINE – a free messaging, convenient memos, and screen capture made easy LINE reshapes communication around the globe, allowing you to enjoy free messaging wherever you find yourself. LINE is available for a variety of smartphone devices (iPhone, Android, Windows Phone, BlackBerry, and Nokia) and even your PC.

Features:
– Send free one-on-one and group texts to your friends anytime, anywhere.
– Free international voice and video calls make it easy to stay connected.
– Share exactly how you’re feeling by choosing from over 10,000 stickers and emoticons.
– LINE lets you share photos, videos, voice messages, contacts, and location information in the moment.
– Follow the official accounts of your favorite artists, celebrities, brands, and TV shows for exclusive news, promotions, and more.
– Exchange stories with your close friends by sharing texts, photos, videos, and stickers on your Timeline.
– Save your favorite messages, photos, and videos in Keep. Save time finding files and easily share your stuff with friends.
– Quickly add friends using the “Shake It!” function, a QR code, or a LINE ID.
– Share unforgettable moments directly from chats via live video.
– Make your chats even better with cute filters and effects.
– Play free Face Play games with a friend from a video call or chat.
– Share screenshots from the game in chats or on Timeline and other social media.
– Check out LINE TODAY for the latest news on current events, sports, and entertainment. Plus, find videos, live broadcasts, fun community content, and much more.
– OpenChat is an online space where you can meet new friends with similar interests and share fun news and information. (Available only in Indonesia, Japan, Taiwan, and Thailand.)

Google Duo

Google Duo

Web site: duo.google.com
Category: Network
Subcategory: VoIP Clients
Platform: Android, iOS, Web
License: Freeware, Proprietary
Interface: GUI
Programing language: ?
First release: August 16, 2016
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Google Duo – a high quality video calling application. It’s simple, reliable, and works across Android and iOS phones and tablets, smart devices, and on the web. Google Duo replaced Google Hangouts applications.

Features:
– Make calls between Android and iOS – Whether you’re on your phone, tablet, or on the web, you can stay in touch with Duo.
– Group call with up to 12 people – Bring together all the people who matter most, even when you’re apart, with group calling. Duo now supports 12 people in group video calls.
– Send video and voice messages, photos, and more – Short on time or your friends can’t pick up? Leave a personalized video message with fun effects, or share voice messages, photos, notes, and emojis.
– Low Light Mode – Duo lets you make video calls even in poor lighting conditions.
– Voice calling -Make voice-only calls to your friends when you can’t chat over video.

Ventrilo

Ventrilo

Web site: ventrilo.com
Category: Network
Subcategory: VoIP Clients
Platform: OS X, Windows
License: Freeware, Proprietary
Interface: GUI
Programing language: ?
First release: August 2002
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Ventrilo – a freeware VoIP client which includes text chat, and is available for OS X and MS Windows users. Ventrilo is the next evolutionary step of Voice over IP (VoIP) group communications software. It includes the ability to change the look-n-feel of the client window via Themes, and also the availability to transfer files to select Users. Side-Control-Panels for quick one-click access to many of the menu functions. And break-out Main/Channel windows.

Ventrilo uses a strict client-server based connection that is always encrypted. User data is never collected or stored, hence it can not be shared/sold to external entities. All text-chat communications/audio-recordings are stored locally on the Client computer.

Ventrilo Servers are hosted in secure data-centers located world-wide. The use of data-centers provides for security, power backup, sufficient internet bandwidth, and maximum uptime.

Ventrilo is best known for its superior sound quality and minimal use of CPU resources so as not to interfere with normal operations of the computer or during online game competitions. It is also preferred for the simple User interface that any first time computer User can very quickly learn because the most commonly used features are immediately visible and can be activated with a single click of the mouse.

Some Features:
– Voice communication with multiple Users and/or multiple servers.
– Configurable Cross-channel communications.
– Phantom Users for ‘listening-only’ on other channels.
– User-to-User private conversations, both voice and text.
– Individual channels that can be created dynamically.
– Channel ‘Invisible-Transmit’ option.
– Sub channels.
– Muted channels.
– Queued channels.
– Channel transmit time limits.
– Channel client limits.
– Channel feature filtering.
– Ranking option per-channel to limit which Users can transmit.
– Password protected server/channel login option.
– Advanced server/channel control options and filters.
– Individual Admin passwords for channels.
– Text-to-speech (TTS) voice generation.
– and much more…

TeamTalk

TeamTalk

Web site: bearware.dk
Category: Network
Subcategory: VoIP Clients, Instant Messengers, Conferencing, Desktop sharing
Platform: Android, iOS, Linux, OS X, Windows
License: Freeware
Interface: GUI
Programing language: ?
First release: 2003
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TeamTalk – a software conferencing system which enables a group of people to collaborate and share information. During a conference people can talk using their microphone, see other people using their webcams, share files, show desktop applications, play music, etc.

Unlike other popular conferencing applications TeamTalk comes with its own standalone server. This means you do not depend on a third party to host your conferences. In other words you’re in complete control of your community and can choose who can participate.

TeamTalk supports multiple video sessions so it’s possible to see video of every user in a channel.
Any application running on your computer’s desktop can be shared with other users. This can be used for doing online presentations.
File sharing – users can see which files can be downloaded in the channel they’re participating in. Each file is listed with a name, its size and who uploaded the file.

The TeamTalk client application contains a list of publicly available TeamTalk servers which you can connect to and use freely. Some might, however, prefer to run their own server and for this TeamTalk comes with its own standalone server available for both Windows, Mac OS X and Linux. Running your own TeamTalk server allows you to configure exactly how you want your server to look and who should have access to it.

Phoner

Phoner

Web site: phoner.de
Category: Network
Subcategory: VoIP Clients
Platform: Windows
License: Freeware, Propietary
Interface: GUI
Programing language: ?
First release: February 1998
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Phoner – a freeware softphone application for Microsoft Windows, from Win7 up to Win10. This application enables voice connections to landline , cellular network and VoIP .Phoner can be used as softphone on stationary and mobile computer devices attached to anlogue or digital (ISDN) subscriber lines and as SIP client. Phoner can be used in private and commercial environment.

Phoner supports:
– VoIP/SIP – SIP is the most used protocol for establishing voice calls over IP connections.
– CAPI – If the PC is connected to a PBX or PSTN with an ISDN terminal adapter , all supplementary services supported by CAPI can used.
– TAPI – It is a generic interface for all kinds of communication hardware. It can be a PBX,a telephone or a built-in PC hardware.

There is also PhonerLite, a specialized version of Phoner for VoIP/SIP only. There are no settings for CAPI and TAPI. Therefore configuration of PhonerLite is much easier. PhonerLite is a clearly arranged application for Windows. PhonerLite enables your PC to use it for Internet telephony (VoIP , Voice over IP ). Pre-conditions are a full-duplex sound card , a microphone and speakers (alternatively a headset), an Internet connection and an account from a provider supporting the protocol SIP. PhonerLite supports several SIP profiles, each configurable independently.
PhonerLite can be used, copied, and offered for download again without any fees in private and business environments.

Google Hangouts

Google Hangouts

Web site: hangouts.google.com
Category: Network
Subcategory: Instant Messengers, VoIP clients
Platform: Android, iOS
License: Freeware
Interface: GUI
Programing language: ?
First release: May 2013
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Google Hangouts (formerly known as Google Talk) – a free messenger for traditional text and video chat using a microphone and a webcam.

Google Hangouts takes users to a whole new dimension, enabling photo and emoticon support as well as video calls. The program allows you to send photos and emoticons, and also allows you to send messages to people who are not available at the moment.

Google Hangouts Messenger automatically recognizes and imports contacts from your Google Account.

Features:
• Include all your contacts with group chats for up to 150 people.
• Say more with status messages, photos, videos, maps, emoji, stickers, and animated GIFs.
• Turn any conversation into a free group video call with up to 10 contacts.
• Call any phone number in the world (and all calls to other Hangouts users are free).
• Connect your Google Voice account for phone calling, SMS texting, and voicemail integration.
• Keep in touch with contacts across Android, iOS, and the web, and sync chats across all your devices.
• Message contacts anytime, even if they’re offline.