QQ Messenger International 1.6

Richly featured IM client for your PC

  • Vote:
    6.9 (390)
  • Category:

    Instant Messaging

  • Version:

    International 1.6

  • Works under:

    Windows 7 / Windows Vista / Windows XP / Windows 8

  • Program available in:In English
  • Program license:Free
QQ Messenger International 1.6
QQ Messenger 2014

QQ Messenger is a piece of software that allows for IM, voice, and video chatting, and it happens to be China's most popular chatting platform.

Most Americans would probably name Skype, Yahoo Messenger, or Windows Live Messenger when considering the best IM clients in the United States, but QQ Messenger is one that usually gets ignored in America.

This is quite a shame since the software is much more than a simple way to communicate. Over one billion people have successfully created accounts on the QQ Messenger platform, and those connections allow millions of people to interact with each other every day.

This app isn't really that much different from similar IM platforms. It contains an archive of your contacts that can be organized in a number of ways, and it supports file sharing, video chats, nudges, emoticons, and more. Perhaps the greatest thing about this free piece of software is that it contains a very limited number of ads.

While QQ Messenger holds many of the standard IM features, it also includes functionality that you won't find in many other IM clients. You can use the software to take a screenshot of the entire screen or a small portion of it, and you can capture video clips of activity on your screen. This content can then be shared with members of your contacts list right away.

You can also customize the app with a number of personal features. Message fonts can be changed, new UI skins can be used, and you can choose an avatar from the included selection or from your own collection of images. The software claims to offer more themes that can be downloaded, but it doesn't seem as if the themes are available.

Since the app has an integrated Remote Access tool, you can use it to walk your customers, friends, or family through computer issues, or you could gain full control of the system and make the changes yourself.

When most first-timers try QQ Messenger, they are initially surprised by the pleasantly organized UI. It also has some interesting bonus tools that transform the app into a fully comprehensive communication platform. Perhaps the most surprising aspect of the software is how few users it has in America considering the popularity of the platform across the entire world.

Unfortunately, QQ Messenger doesn't make it easy to add new contacts. Also, contacts are organized and labeled by number. This isn't particularly user friendly, especially if you have many contacts that must be searched through to find specific numbers. However, these downsides aren't enough to bring QQ Messenger down significantly, so it's certainly worth a try for those in the market for a new IM client.

Pros

  • Sleek, Clean UI
  • Multiple Customizations
  • Typical IM Functions
  • Video, Voice, Text Chat
  • Bonus Tools

Cons

  • Contacts via Number ID
  • No New UI Themes
  • Difficult Contact Addition

QQ Messenger is an instant messaging client that may not have caught on just yet in the United States, but it's the most popular option for instant messaging in China. With millions of registered users, this program must be doing something right to draw in so many fans.

At first glance, QQ Messenger seems very similar to the typical IM option. It has video and voice chat options, smileys, photo and file sharing, and easy-to-organize contacts lists. The group chat options in particular are excellent, so you can chat with several friends at once.

There are endless customization options, from your message font to your personal avatar to the client's interface skin. You can also easily share a screen shot or record a video clip to share instantly, much like SnapChat. The MyApps feature is where a lot of this customization comes from, as you can search a seemingly endless selection of applications to let you communicate in new fun ways. You can also play games and watch videos on some of these apps.

Another feature you won't find on any other IM clients besides QQ Messenger is the Remote Assistant tool. With this, you and your contacts can grant access to each other's desktops. This makes it an ideal communication tool for tech support departments, as well as allowing friends to help each other out with computer issues. If a senior citizen has a QQ Messenger account set up, they can message their tech-savvy grandkids any time they have a question, grant them desktop access and watch as they walk them through all the necessary steps.

Though this was initially used almost exclusively in China, there is also an international version for use outside of the country. You can choose from several different languages including English, French, Korean and Japanese, and the translations for this version are well done. Not only does it translate the interface so you can browse the apps and choose your font in your own language, but later versions also allow for translation of the chat dialogue itself. This makes it easier than ever to chat with users from other countries.

There have been some concerns about security and safety issues with the program. There is no data encryption, but that is true of most IM programs. The client also has occasional issues with uninstalling correctly, and some overly protective anti-spyware programs may flag it when you try to install it the first time. However, there have been no major security breaches with this software, and it is safe to install and use for chatting with friends all over the world.

Pros:

  • Almost no ads
  • Remote Assistance tool makes it easy to troubleshoot computer issues
  • MyApps store lets you customize your communication and play games
  • Instant chat translation for talking to speakers of other languages

Cons:

  • Downloadable skins from Internet don't always work as planned
  • Contacts are identified by non-user-friendly numbers rather than usernames
  • No available data encryption
  • Uninstall issues

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