Alternatives to skype?

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  1. KingBlank
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    I've been using skype with my friends for almost 10 years and its been going downhill the entire time.

    Any alternative instant messenger recommendations?

    I don't care about video chat or even voice chat for that matter, just good stable instant messaging would be nice.
     
  2. Xenon Hacks

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    idk oovoo?
     
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    Hmm, this may sound weird but I think I'm looking for something a little less modern.
     
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    Is it for gaming or just to chat with someone you know?
     
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    Just messaging, We use dolby axon for gaming - although that has not had an update in years now...
    I've just been checking out discord, but It does not look to have a desktop client. :EDIT Nevermind it does, i'm going to check it out.
     
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    If its for gaming try curse/razor/teamspeak
     
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    Nice, this looks pretty good :)
     
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    If good, stable textual communication across every platform that matters is your goal there is a reason IRC is still a thing where other things have fallen by the wayside. It does not do voice, video and files (see DCC) can be a pain for some but it does group text, individual text and more quite well with security there if you are willing to put in the effort, all with a thousand different clients for those that want that, an uncountable number of servers (and the option to make your own if you really want) and no chance of it all being folded into something else. In fact the only thing I like more from a usability standpoint is the tencent/QQ setup (what China uses instead of facebook and similar such sites) which does images, stores text for offline sending by default and integrates tightly with email. Time was I might have offered up XMPP (what google talk kind of once used) but I am not sure I can today.

    Possible alternative alternative. Teamviewer. It is on basically every platform, does screen sharing/conferencing, has pretty decent text, video and audio and can also do all it does with the remote control options, vpn and such like if you want it.

    Alas it does make for fairly painless video chat so I have to continue to suffer it/support it for others.
     
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    Same place as [INSERT NAME HERE]
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  12. sweis12

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    AOL messenger is "a little less modern" than oovoo.
     
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    there are the QQ Messenger, a not very known one but I liked how it reminded the good old MSN and have a lot of functions ... it was like an msn+skype+more stuff xD now I don't kno how to compare, I never sued much sinceno one else wanted it and went all to facebook instead :v
     
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    How about AOL from 1996?

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    For gaming I currently use Discord for voice chats. For simple messaging my friends use WhatsApp (which is mainly for phones but you can get it on PC too).
     
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    RetroShare for private convos, Ekiga for videos, calling phone numbers at high quality from a computer and anything VOiP along with being free software
     
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    I've been using Pidgin for years, and it's a multi-messenger and can also run portably.
     
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    Confide is available for mobile and PC platforms. It's not very well known. But, I use it all the time.
     
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    Use Brosix, it's basically skype on steroids and has screenshare (lets you control it too!).
    And it has a whiteboard thing where you can draw dikpix to each other.
    Only problem I have, is none of my friends want to use it.