ICQ

Download Editors' Rating:
5
Spectacular
Average User Rating:
4.0
out of 10693 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    8.1
  • Total Downloads:
    167,433,212
  • Date Added:
    April 13, 2013
  • File Size:
    32.09MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    227
  • Operating Systems:
    Windows XP/Vista/7

Editors' Review

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This venerable chat client upgrades with a retooled look and enough Preference control to satisfy even the most obsessive fans of customization. ICQ 6.5 includes video, audio, and text chat modes in a strong push to make the app the most versatile chat client around.

Audio chatting was smooth and painless, although that depends on user connection, of course. There's also a new Quick IM feature that allows you to send a text chat from within your contact list. The text window is only one line high, but perfectly sized if you're just shooting off a quick note.

Many of the notable plug-ins have been folded into the new version as standard features. Standard fare in ICQ now includes SMS messaging and the Flash-movie tZers as well as alerts and skins. Consequentially, the quick-loading app has a larger footprint. Ad banners are nonexistent except in the built-in games, and all text chat histories are automatically saved. Some features, like Push2Talk, seem to have been phased out of the new version, and customizing tZers is no longer an option. Also, the Help option is non-functional in this release.

Despite a few minor setbacks, there are too many improvements to keep ICQ down. Other notable additions include split-screen compatibility, IM forwarding, and integrated Google searching. In enhancing its already rich feature set, ICQ has definitely increased its standing among its many competitors.

 
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  • 2 stars

    "ICQ is dead"

    May 02, 2014   |   By Polizei-Ausbildung

    Version: ICQ 8.1

    Pros

    It was the first software to connect ppl on the net.
    No other pros.

    Cons

    Not integrated with other devices.
    Old technology (desktop only).
    Userbase shrinking.

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  • 3 stars

    "Bad actor..."

    June 11, 2013   |   By spoxox

    Version: ICQ 8.1

    Pros

    As a chat tool, it's fine.

    Cons

    It really wants to install stuff behind your back. My Windows 7 install came with 3 ZoneAlarm pieces - and no warning or option to avoid. I used ICQ years ago, when it was hard to delete. Hopefully that's changed - deleting right now.

    Summary

    ZoneAlarm is a fine product in its own right. But it's wrong to install software without approval.

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    General
    Publisher ICQ
    Publisher web site http://www.icq.com/
    Release Date April 12, 2013
    Date Added April 13, 2013
    Version 8.1
    Category
    Category Communications
    Subcategory Chat
    Operating Systems
    Operating Systems Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows, Windows XP
    Additional Requirements Flash 10 or higher
    Download Information
    File Size 32.09MB
    File Name icq_rfrset.exe
    Popularity
    Total Downloads 167,433,212
    Downloads Last Week 227
    Pricing
    License Model Free
    Limitations Not available
    Price Free

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