Official ICQ app for Windows 8 in the works

Windows 8 may be getting a port of a very popular Internet messaging program, at least in some parts of the world. That would be ICQ, which already has a Windows Phone 7 application that launched in late 2011.

A recently launched YouTube video that shows an ad for the already available Windows Phone 7 ICQ app briefly shows a Windows 8-based tablet at the end that displays an ICQ logo. While the app itself is not actually shown running on the tablet, the video seems to make it clear that the current developers of the Windows Phone 7 app will be porting their efforts to the Windows 8 operating system.

The Israel-based Mirabilis created ICQ in 1996, and just two years later AOL bought the company and ICQ for $400 million. While ICQ had a lot of users worldwide at one point (in 2001, it claimed it had 100 million registered accounts), it slowly lost favor in the US and other parts of the world as other competing software and services came forward. However, ICQ still has a lot of users in Russia and other European counties. In 2010, AOL sold off ICQ to Russia's Digital Sky Technologies for $187.5 million.

Via: WMPoweruser.com
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ICQ was great back in the day. video worked good. But that was like 15 years ago. Since then i have not used it.

Well at least they are updating it.

ICQ a good example of pioneer IM, that still exceed in feature than current IM like msn (took them so much time to add offline messaging which still dont work very well), being invisible (or appear offline), resumable file transfer... sigh 2003b was one of the best... too bad that current icq its dumbed down icq lite its such shame....

SHaGGGz said,
This is just Microsoft wishing as hard as they can that it was 1999 again.

You do know Microsoft has nothing to do with ICQ yea?

I use ICQ for their trivia rooms. Only chat with people in those rooms; but not like a Messenger or anything. Is there any better place to find chatrooms? The only one that comes to me is ICQ.

lmao

Quikboy said,
I use ICQ for their trivia rooms. Only chat with people in those rooms; but not like a Messenger or anything. Is there any better place to find chatrooms? The only one that comes to me is ICQ.

Quikboy said,
I use ICQ for their trivia rooms. Only chat with people in those rooms; but not like a Messenger or anything. Is there any better place to find chatrooms? The only one that comes to me is ICQ.

not exactly a chatroom, but..reddit

Skype is like the New ICQ IN AMERICA BUT EXCEPT I DON'T USE IT I USE YAHOO AND IS ONLY FOR FAMILY NO STRANGERS ONLINE

Wow, now there's a name i haven't read about in years. It was cool in the late 90's, but they might be one of the first examples of a company making a great product Bloatware.

When ICQ2000 came out it was all downhill.

Walrush said,
Wow, now there's a name i haven't read about in years. It was cool in the late 90's, but they might be one of the first examples of a company making a great product Bloatware.

When ICQ2000 came out it was all downhill.


IMHO when they still had Pro and Lite versions it was really really awesome.
The pro version was incredible, many features and lots of cool under the hood options and possibilities...

Then the dumbing down and removal of features started, by getting rid of the Pro line and Lite being the new ICQ followed by a version number instead of the good old year system with a monicker for the complexity.

I miss the people search feature.
Nowadays it's pretty hard to find people with common interests from within messengers.
Messengers are like email now, back then they were also a meeting point for people with common interests.
*sigh*
"Progress"... :rolleye:

GS:mac

John how dare you post ICQ here you know it is nothing but a joke now day and has been for very long time which is full of nothing but russian spammer, russian hacker they keep that it in russian.
To bad AOL made a big mess of it and I never did get back my account which was a very supper low 6-diget ICQ account back in 1997 which I got no thank to some air head russian hacker in 2005

I haven't used ICQ in years!!! I'm curious as to who the heck is even on my list 0.o I hope I don't regret this, but I'm gonna download and login and see what cooks

update: Wow I have 3 ICQ contacts + AIM: Harem_Girl, lala and roxy... Gosh I don't know what to tell you guys.. what was I thinking??? I don't remember any of them xD I doubt they'll ever log in anytime soon.

http://img842.imageshack.us/img842/9185/icqhuh.png

Edited by Izlude, Sep 29 2012, 3:06am :

I logged on a few weeks ago, first time in at least 5 year (and I had not talked to anyone for years since then). Anyway, people still online but I just assume they were using Trillian and just signed into everything regardless on whether they used the service or not.

seriously? I thought AOL pretty much killed them, how is that annoying Uh-oh piece of %#$^ still popular in asian russian areas

funkydude said,
ICQ is massive in Russia (notice the video is Russian)

Also still pretty strong here in Germany.

Peeps don't look past their borders it seems! (no offense)

GS:mac

Glassed Silver said,

Also still pretty strong here in Germany.

Peeps don't look past their borders it seems! (no offense)

GS:mac

I still have my original number from back 17 years!