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Best Multi-Platform Instant Messaging Service?

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Poll: Instant Messaging Service (15 member(s) have cast votes)

Best Multi-Platform IM Service?

  1. Skype (4 votes [26.67%])

    Percentage of vote: 26.67%

  2. Facebook Messenger (7 votes [46.67%])

    Percentage of vote: 46.67%

  3. Google Hangout (2 votes [13.33%])

    Percentage of vote: 13.33%

  4. Yahoo Messenger (0 votes [0.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.00%

  5. Other (2 votes [13.33%])

    Percentage of vote: 13.33%

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#1 Vegetto

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Posted 17 December 2013 - 05:19 AM

So what multi-platform instant messaging service do you guys use? I'm not talking about IM clients like Pidgin, Adium or Digsby, I'm talking about the services like Skype, Facebook, Yahoo etc which have clients for all the popular operating systems.



#2 Ultimate John

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Posted 17 December 2013 - 08:49 AM

What's better than Skype?

#3 FalseAgent

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Posted 17 December 2013 - 09:44 AM

For text messages alone, I would say Faceboook Messenger is probably the best, you get push messages even when offline. And Facebook has an app pretty much everywhere.

Skype comes in second for me, and Skype would be the first for people that require voice calling + IM in one, but my biggest issue with Skype is the need to be signed in persistently in order to receive push messages. But hey, Skype also has an app pretty much everywhere.

I hear that Google Hangouts is pretty cool, but I don't think users are going to pick it up until Google stop making PC users put up with just a web app for hangouts. And no, a Chrome app doesn't count.

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Posted 17 December 2013 - 09:10 PM

Skype and Facebook for me.



#5 AHLOT

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Posted 18 December 2013 - 05:50 PM

Skype for me :)



#6 Shaun of the Seven

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Posted 18 December 2013 - 06:17 PM

All of my friends and relatives are on Facebook so I use FB Messenger only.



#7 Eye Pie Rate

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Posted 19 December 2013 - 02:57 PM

IM Messaging only really works when all your contacts are on the same network; so by default FB wins. 
In terms of actual best IM program (regardless of user base, even though it has a large one too) is WhatsApp. Surprised no-one has mentioned it. 



#8 FalseAgent

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Posted 20 December 2013 - 12:20 PM

IM Messaging only really works when all your contacts are on the same network; so by default FB wins. 
In terms of actual best IM program (regardless of user base, even though it has a large one too) is WhatsApp. Surprised no-one has mentioned it. 
WhatsApp isn't exactly multi-platform...it's only presence is on mobile platforms, which is WhatsApp's biggest annoyance to me. They could easily build a messaging client for Windows/OSX if they wanted to.

#9 K.L.Devine

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Posted 21 December 2013 - 05:52 AM

I'm wondering why Yahoo is even trying. They know that their messenger is dead now.



#10 Eye Pie Rate

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Posted 22 December 2013 - 01:22 AM

WhatsApp isn't exactly multi-platform...it's only presence is on mobile platforms, which is WhatsApp's biggest annoyance to me. They could easily build a messaging client for Windows/OSX if they wanted to.


That's what multi-platform really means nowadays to be honest, I don't know a single person that doesn't at least have a cheap Android device. 

Also, enjoy



#11 SurB86

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Posted 22 December 2013 - 03:46 AM

^

You can use BlueStacks to emulate Android on PC and then install WhatsApp.



#12 Eye Pie Rate

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Posted 22 December 2013 - 04:25 AM

Wassapp is a more simple solution, I would say. 



#13 Jatin

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Posted 25 December 2013 - 06:34 AM

WhatsApp and Facebook for me. Google recently added SMS support to Hangouts so I've started using Hangouts app too.



#14 FalseAgent

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Posted 25 December 2013 - 12:03 PM

Wassapp is a more simple solution, I would say. 
I tried using Wassapp already - it doesn't work. For me, at least.

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