QQ Messenger

QQ Messenger International 1.6

Complete IM client with cute design and great features

QQ Messenger may not sound familiar, but it's the most popular IM client in China. View full description

PROS

  • Clear, nicely designed interface
  • Lots of customization options
  • Support for text, voice and video chats
  • Usual IM features: smileys, nudges, file sharing...
  • Extra tools like remote control, screen capture and video recording

CONS

  • Sometimes adding contacts is difficult
  • You can't download new interface themes
  • Number ID for contacts: not very user-friendly!

Excellent
9

QQ Messenger may not sound familiar, but it's the most popular IM client in China.

When you think about IM clients, the first names that come to your head are Windows Live Messenger, Yahoo! Messenger and the likes. But have you ever heard of QQ Messenger?

With more than one billion registered accounts, QQ Messenger is now more than just a simple IM client: it's a whole social phenomenon that millions of people use on a daily basis, and an essential part of their lives.

The truth is that QQ Messenger is not that different from other IM clients you may have used. There are the typical contacts list – which you can organize by groups - support for voice and video chats, smileys, nudges, ability to send photos and share files (with support for pause/resume!), and other utilities we're used to finding in IM clients. There's one important difference however: in QQ Messenger you hardly find any ads!

Besides the traditional IM tools, QQ Messenger also includes some not-so-common features. You'll be able to capture an area of your screen or record a short video clip on the spot, and share both of them instantly with your contacts. Another area where QQ Messenger stands out is personalization. You can customize almost anything, from choosing a skin for the interface to selecting the font for your messages. The program also includes a wide selection of avatars and personal pictures to choose from, but if you don't like any of them, simply upload one from your hard drive. The only thing that didn't work for us was downloading more themes from the Web.

QQ Messenger is mainly a tool for chat, but it can also be used to help your friends or customers thanks to its integrated Remote assistance tool: a basic remote control app that grants you access to your friend's desktop and enables you to help them with any computer issue.

In general terms, QQ Messenger surprised us for various reasons: first, it features a nicely designed interface with cute buttons and icons, which is hard to find in IM clients; second, it has interesting extra features that make it a complete communication tool; and third, it's amazing how such a popular program with more than a billion users is still known by so few people over here!

On the downside, I have to admit that QQ Messenger was a bit unreliable when trying to add contacts - which, by the way, are identified with numbers, like good old ICQ. Not a very user-friendly method, I'd say. Other than that, QQ Messenger is a great IM cilent that is definitely worth trying out.

QQ Messenger, the most widely used IM client in China, has now an international version that may help it become even more popular!

Chat for free with over 800mil people on QQ

QQ International is the global instant messenger: a free, feature-rich multilanguage chat with over 800 million users from all over the world. Beat barriers with real-time chat translation supporting 50 languages, HD video chat, and hundreds of free add-ons. Create, manage, or join massive chat groups (up to 1000 people). Play online games. Find new friends with QQ's advanced search. QQ is already a cultural phenomenon in China. Join QQ today!

Choose from hundreds of free add-ons from the exclusive App Box: language tools, cool multiplayer games, and file sharing utilities. Thanks to our open platform developers can build new applications and share them with the rest of the community.

Our powerful multi-lingual translator supports 50 different idioms, while the client interface is available in six languages: English, French, Spanish, German, Japanese, Korean. QQ International comes with embedded community building features. The Group function enables the creation and management of massive chat rooms where you can invite up to 1000 friends. Find and join themed communities spanning from International Dating to Chinese Language Exchange.

Making new friends from all across the world is now easier than ever. Have you have ever thought of meeting people from other countries, but never figured how to chat in a foreign language?

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QQ Messenger International 1.6

— User reviews — about QQ Messenger

  • WaxW

    by WaxW

    "spyware"

    Never use any chat or social messenger software that comes from mainland China. Full of spyware and various other nice l... More.

    reviewed on April 6, 2013

  • bsa81

    by bsa81

    "QQ. co.za South Africa dose it still work."

    i used QQ.co.za in 2006 and now want to download it to see if I could find my old friends. I go on to qq.co.za but when ... More.

    reviewed on July 15, 2012

  • TheVillain

    by TheVillain

    "Nice Way To Communicate with Family"

    I like this program. I can talk with my cousins and family members and friends that are all the way in China while I am ... More.

    reviewed on February 8, 2012

  • noodleshop

    by noodleshop

    "Problem adding contact"

    My friend has problem adding me as a QQ contact on her Iphone QQ. It found my contact albeit with the number ID and not ... More.

    reviewed on January 24, 2012

  • jr71ktm

    by jr71ktm

    "64-Bit System installation problems"

    This software for installation seems to be very unfriendly! I am running Windows 7 Pro in 64-bit system. This software d... More.

    reviewed on October 9, 2011

  • Myrilandel

    by Myrilandel

    "Doesn't work on Vista - Malware Suspicious"

    Not liking Windows Live Messenger since the latest version integrated facebook and also has alot of security holes so I\... More.

    reviewed on August 20, 2011