With the announced mega-acquisition of Skype by Microsoft, the world of Vo IP, group messaging, and chat apps has been brought into focus.
Aside from Skype, which is the uncontested king of the category, there are a bunch of other great apps that can also do chat, group messaging, and video or voice calling.
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In fact, did you know that instant messaging, or at least an early form of the concept, actually predates the World Wide Web?
Here's a look at the important advances of instant messaging made over the past 50 years.
Chat rooms with unlimited number of members.• Link to chat — simple way to add members or share group chat.• Join by approval — control who gets added to the group.• Channels — broadcast messages, photos and videos to many subscribers• Entire chat history available at any time across all of your devices.
Among its many uses and benefits, the Internet has transformed and simplified how people communicate with each other around the globe.
In addition to email, instant messaging has played a large role in bringing people together.