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WhatsApp reaches 400M monthly active users - without relying on 'distracting features'

WhatsApp reaches 400M monthly active users - without relying on 'distracting features'

By 19 December 2013

WhatsApp now has 400 million active users. Yes, active. Not just registered. And it got this far without going the way of rivals. WhatsApp is a mobile messaging service that sends free texts, photos, videos, and audio messages, and it just revealed via... >>

Android 4.0: Skype for Android goes mobile first

Android 4.0: Skype for Android goes mobile first

By 1 July 2013

Skype has launched a new version of Skype for Android today, with Derek Snyder, head of mobile marketing at Skype, telling Pocket-lint that the changes reflect "a new direction and new strategy for Skype". The broad changes arrive with the new Skype for... >>

IM closing, Skype now Microsoft's default messenger service

IM closing, Skype now Microsoft's default messenger service

By 6 November 2012

Microsoft-owned Skype has confirmed that Skype is now its sole messaging app and that it will be ditching the IM service in the coming months. "Skype and Messenger are coming together," says the company. "Millions of Messenger users will be able to reach... >>

Facebook Messenger for Windows drops beta tag

Facebook Messenger for Windows drops beta tag

By 6 March 2012

Three months after the beta testing period went live, Facebook Messenger for Windows has now entered officialdom, giving IT staff across the land another program that they need to blacklist from their employees' workstations. "Millions of people log into... >>

Microsoft Skype deal approved

Microsoft Skype deal approved

By 18 June 2011

Microsoft has been given the go-ahead to buy Skype following approval from the powers that be in the US. The Federal Trade Commission’s approval on Friday means that Microsoft can now buy Skype for the $8.5 billion it offered and get working on integrating... >>

Windows Live Messenger Wave 4 splashes down

Windows Live Messenger Wave 4 splashes down

By 28 April 2010

Microsoft's CEO, Steve Ballmer, today announced the next generation of Windows Live Messenger, known as Windows Live Messenger Wave 4 to us geeks. Various rumours and leaks have previously circulated the Internet in anticipation of the update. Microsoft... >>

Filmmaker documents Chatroulette experiences

Filmmaker documents Chatroulette experiences

By 8 March 2010

You might be familiar with Chatroulette, a website which has been making waves by allowing you to webcam chat with random strangers across the world. If you're not, and you're feeling brave, go and try it now at chatroulette.com. Inspired by his experiences... >>

Facebook Chat heads to desktop IM

Facebook Chat heads to desktop IM

By 11 February 2010

While we had some inkling this was coming, Facebook has now announced that Facebook Chat can be integrated into desktop instant messaging clients, another move towards taking the functionality of the social networking site away from the main site. "By... >>

AIM integrates Facebook Chat

AIM integrates Facebook Chat

By 10 February 2010

AOL appears to be testing the addition of Facebook Chat support to its instant messaging client. The company is offering preview builds that have the support in, but a full announcement hasn't happened yet. While we wait for that, AOL Mail has integrated... >>

ICQ releases new version of IM software

ICQ releases new version of IM software

By 18 January 2010

Gosh, remember ICQ? The stalwart of late 90s IM with its flowery icons and irritatingly-loud noises has just issued an update to its client - more than 13 years after it was first released - which adds a whole pile of new functionality. That functionality... >>