Screenshots: 10 cross-platform messaging apps you shouldn't overlook


Cross-platform messaging apps keep you within reach while at your desk or on the go, and having cloud-synchronized chat logs, contact lists, and settings are important considerations. Learn about 10 options for your desktop and mobile platforms of choice.

Telegram’s focus is on security and being available on multiple platforms. Official desktop clients exist for Windows, OS X, and Linux, with official mobile clients available for iOS, Android, and Windows Phone. A proper tablet is available on iPad and Android, and the web version can be used in any modern browser. Telegram also has an open API for developers to build applications.

Telegram is managed by a German nonprofit and backed by Nikolai and Pavel Durov, the founders of the social networking website VK. Telegram receives a score of 4 out 7 for normal conversations from EFF's Secure Messaging Scorecard, with secret chats on Telegram receiving a perfect score. (Check out other secure messaging programs.)

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By James Sanders

James Sanders is an analyst for 451 Research. He was formerly a Staff Technology Writer for TechRepublic.