Most of us over in the Anglosphere know and use messenger programs like MSN, Windows Live Messenger and even Yahoo Messenger. Virtually all of these are from American companies, but what does a Chinese-based messenger application look like? Enter QQ Messenger.
QQ Messenger, also know as QQ International, is a gateway to the Chinese Internet. Though you're not necessarily behind the great firewall of China, users of this program are given an insight into China.
The program itself uses its own messenger protocol. There are perhaps 500 million users online QQ Messenger.
The interface of this application is fully customizable. Not only in terms of colorful skins and backgrounds, but also a bunch of animated emoticons which are available for free download. Unlike other messengers, QQ International provides large avatars which are also customizable.
Besides old-school text chat, video conferences and voice chat, users can also send screenshots, animations, transfer files and combined together to create a group chat.
Overall, QQ Messenger (QQ International) is an alternative to North American-based messenger programs and in the end, a very stable start. The ambitions of QQ International are big, but can they really grab some market share from Microsoft and Yahoo!? Time will tell.
QQ International is licensed as Freeware for Windows (32-bit and 64-bit) operating system / platform from instant messaging software without restrictions. QQ International 2.1 is available to all software users as a free download (Freeware).
Compatibility with this software may vary, but will generally run fine under Microsoft Windows 8, 8.1, 7, Vista and XP on either a 32-bit or 64-bit setup. A separate x64 version may be available from Tencent.
We have tested QQ International 2.1 against malware with several different programs. We certify that this program is clean of viruses, malware and trojans. [Read more]