ICQ is one of the most widely used instant messengers, which has more than 50 million registered users. It was originally developed by the Israeli company Mirabilis Ltd in 1996, and later bought by AOL. ICQ have a new messaging history tool, Moods, Status, Facebook Chat connectivity and email notifications from Gmail, Yahoo! Mail and Mail.ru. Chat with your Facebook and Google+ friends and Enjoy in new Emoticons!
ICQ was originally unveiled in November of 1996, managing to immediately attract large worldwide audience that was hungry for the new ways of communicating one with another via the internet. By offering features such as messaging to the users who are currently online, SMS integration and free SMS credit, resumeable file transfers, multi-user chat, animated emoticons, multiplayer games, and video chat ICQ managed to attract over 100 million registered users by 2001. During 2000s popularity of this program rose a bit, but a strong competition (MSN, Yahoo, Google Talk) managed to limit their growth.
Over its long history, ICQ went through several significant changes. Its latest 8th version features very traditional looking interface that will instantly familiar to anyone who ever came in contact with any modern chat client. Main dashboard hosts searchable list of contacts, easy access to Facebook and Twitter networks, and its Chat window supports tabs, and advanced options for SMS, video chat, audio call, phone calling, file transfer and multi-user group text chat. This setup enables easy and streamlined experience to anyone who is interested in all forms of real-time communication.
ICQ brings you new features and updates to enhance your communication experience:
ICQ 8 allows you to chat the way you want: select either a single window mode to view your active contacts or tabs mode.
Free video calls
With high definition video calls you can chat face to face with your friends and family as often as you want.
Low cost phone calls
Save money on phone calls with ICQ. Call mobile phones and landlines all over the world and enjoy the low rates.
Multi instance login
Stay connected on all platforms at the same time: PC, mobile, and web.
ICQ can check your mail for you. Simply add your email account and start receiving notifications about new emails in your inbox.
ICQ allows you to chat with friends from Facebook, Google Talk and other social networks and messengers.