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QQ IM Instant Message Service from Tencent

  • Published: 2009-02-10 (Revised/Updated 2010-06-30) : Author: Disabled World
  • Synopsis: Review of QQ IM Instant Message Service by Tencent the most popular free instant messaging computer program in mainland China.

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QQ is a form of Instant Messaging, which means that you can enjoy private one-on-one chats with other QQ members, anywhere in the world.

Tencent QQ, generally referred to as QQ, is the most popular free instant messaging computer program in Mainland China, and the world's third most popular IM service.

Tencent was founded in Shenzhen, China in 11 November, 1998. Tencent's instant messaging service platform, "QQ" was formally launched in February 1999. After years of strong business growth, on July 16, 2004, Tencent Holdings Limited (SEHK 700) went public.

The original name of QQ was OICQ. The name was based on an already existing IMS (Internet Message Service), "ICQ". Other features were successively added such as chatrooms, games, personal avatars (similar to "Meebo" in MSN), internet storage, and internet dating services.

QQ currently allows free registration for membership.

In 2002, Tencent had stopped its free membership registration, requiring all new members to pay a fee. However, free registration was reopened in 2003 due to pressure from other instant messaging services such as Windows Live Messenger and Sina UC.

Tencent currently offers a premium membership scheme, which offers features such as mobile QQ, ringtone downloads and SMS sending/receiving. In addition, Tencent offers Diamond noble memberships. Currently, there are seven diamond QQ services available:

QQ has faced many criticisms and controversies.

Many users complain QQ provides fewer and fewer free services and an annoying number of ads. Because of QQ's extensive use of advertisements and processes related to ads, it has been branded as malicious adware by many anti-virus and anti-spyware vendors.

Coral QQ, a modification of Tencent QQ, is a popular add on.

While Tencent charges for some services and displays advertisement, Coral QQ, provides free access to some of the services and blocks Tencent's advertisements.

The QQ coin is a virtual currency used by QQ users to "purchase" QQ related items for their avatar and blog.

QQ Coins are obtained either by purchase, one coin for one RMB, or for using the mobile phone service. Due to the popularity of QQ in Chinese young population, QQ coins are now accepted by gradually more and more online stores and gaming sites in exchange for "real" merchandise such as small gifts.

QQ2004II English Version Features:

Online Time Level
QQ Dynamic Panel
QQ Show Magic
Search in chat window
QQ Phone
Support sending MMS to QQ client
Remote controlling
QQ Customized icons
Brand new group version 3.0 integrated with group chat, BBS and Group Shared Folder
Enhanced screen capture
Blocking message settings
Personal sign-off
QQ Ring Toolbar
Song Dedication in chat window
Add 5 QQ Tang game icons
QQ Audio Show

The official client runs on Microsoft Windows and a beta public version was launched for Apple Mac version OSX 10.4.9 or newer.

Talk to your friends and family over your Internet connection. All you need is a computer headset, a mic and the latest version of QQ.

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