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The traditional SMS text message is now passé, particularly with the explosion of popular, easy-to-use messaging apps.
Whats App, Telegram, Send, Line and other apps all offer free text messaging over the internet.
Note that Facebook has confirmed plans to link Whats App with its other messaging products like Facebook Messenger, with those interoperability features starting to pop up this year.
You can learn about most of the apps features from our How to Use Whats App guide, but don't forget about this tutorial for How to Update Whats App to keep it up to date with new features and safeguards against attacks.
In addition, the app features a system of chat channels, allowing you to quickly set up subgroups for task or topic-oriented discussions.
Slack archives your communications, allowing you to search through old messages, channels and shared files, and includes integration with a variety of services such as cloud storage, Asana, Zendesk and more.
Look for more changes to come to Messenger this year.
A mobile messaging app for the post-Snowden age, Telegram (Android, i OS) is aimed squarely at the security conscious user.
Telegram features fast, encrypted chat messaging, with client-server encryption for standard chats.
( Facebook's own foray into the mobile messaging field is Facebook Messenger (Android, i OS), a dedicated messaging app that builds on Facebook's chat network and adds more mobile messaging features as well as extensions and add-ons.
Users sign in via Facebook and can send other users the usual chat messages, as well as voice messages and voice and video calls to other Messenger users, with extra features like GIF support and photo and location sharing.
And that's not even mentioning the options for voice, video and file-sharing to other users.