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It’s time once again for our featured Movers & Shakers post. Each week we are taking one software category from CNet and listing the top ten most downloaded apps in it.

This week we will be looking at communication software. These are the apps that we use to connect with others, chat or email with our contacts (or strangers) as well as make phone calls via our computers. I use a bunch of these applications myself.

1. Camfrog Video Chat

1 You can join already created online video chat rooms to connect with people all over the world. This is a great place to test out your camera and microphone. Warning this is very addictive!

2. ManyCam Virtual Webcam

2 Using ManyCam you can add all sorts of effects and graphics to your videos. What it does is create a virtual webcam made up of your actual webcam feed and whatever effects or modifications you have added. This is a lot of fun.

3. Windows Live Messenger

3 Windows built-in instant messaging application. I have never been a big fan of it but it works well and allows for video chat. You can use your Hotmail or Live ID to sign into their service.

4. Trillian Astra

4 Trillian is an application I use all day long. I connect to my multiple chat networks with it like AIM, Gmail and ICQ. It works great and it’s free. What more could you want?

5. Yahoo Messenger

5 I have never personally used Yahoo Messenger but from what I have read about it, it is a full featured chat client that allows you to chat with other Yahoo chat users.
  1. Skype Everyone’s favorite phone. This allows you to connect to others using audio and video chat. It is free for the most part and allows people from remote corners of the world to meet others they have never seen before. This is great for keeping up with your colleagues from work as well.
  2. SkypeLauncher Have you ever wanted to launch multiple instances of Skype so you can be logged in as multiple users simultaneously? Well now you can, as well as making Skype portable with some magic from this application.
  3. VZOchat A web camera enabled chat client that allows you to talk to others over the web.
  4. Nokia PC Suite This allows you to connect your Nokia device to your computer and sync up your contacts and other data as well as install software on your device and use your device from your computer.
  5. NokiaFree Unlock Codes Calculator Unlock features that your carrier has blocked as well as removing other carrier and SIM restrictions easily and for free.

How do you connect with others using free software? We would love to hear about it in the comments!

  1. Aibek
    May 19, 2010 at 1:38 pm

    The list lists top 10 most downloaded chat apps on download.com. The
    Digsby isn't listed because it didn't make the top 10 list. That being
    said, I am surprised just as you're why it didn't make the top 10 list
    on download.com

    Aibek

  2. Zeka Peka
    May 19, 2010 at 7:55 am

    How could you miss fabulous IM client DIGSBY !?

    • Aibek
      May 19, 2010 at 11:38 am

      The list lists top 10 most downloaded chat apps on download.com. The
      Digsby isn't listed because it didn't make the top 10 list. That being
      said, I am surprised just as you're why it didn't make the top 10 list
      on download.com

      Aibek

  3. Nat Jay
    May 18, 2010 at 8:33 pm

    It's interesting to see Yahoo Messenger on top of Skype in these listings. That said, I find it a little archaic that people still choose to download IM programs when the online avatars of these services are so much more better.

    Personally, I use Meebo or Gtalk with the video plugin in my Gmail account. And yes, Skype is probably the only voice software still worth downloading.

  4. Aibek
    May 18, 2010 at 6:56 pm

    I am surprised that Digbsy didn't make the list.

  5. Nat Jay
    May 18, 2010 at 6:33 pm

    It's interesting to see Yahoo Messenger on top of Skype in these listings. That said, I find it a little archaic that people still choose to download IM programs when the online avatars of these services are so much more better.Personally, I use Meebo or Gtalk with the video plugin in my Gmail account. And yes, Skype is probably the only voice software still worth downloading.

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