instant messaging

noun

Definition of instant messaging

: a means or system for transmitting electronic messages instantly

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Photo: kim kyung hoon/Reuters Tencent is the country’s largest videogames firm and runs WeChat , TCEHY 2.81% the instant messaging and payments app that is close to ubiquitous in China. Mike Bird, WSJ, "Tencent Stock Rallies on Strong Earnings," 15 Nov. 2018 The transcription all happens on the call screen, making it look more like an instant messaging app than a phone call. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "Pixel 3 XL review—Google software deserves better than this hardware," 15 Oct. 2018 Microsoft has essentially turned Skype into a replacement for a corporate telephone system — with a few modern features borrowed from instant messaging, artificial intelligence and social networking. Dina Bass And Nate Lanxon, latimes.com, "Don't Skype me: How Microsoft turned users against its beloved video-chat program," 11 May 2018 The original instant messaging service, which most people forgot about when AIM came on the scene, is still up and running. Chris Morris, Fortune, "AIM Phoenix: Revival of the Once-Popular Messaging Service or Digital Zombie?," 27 June 2018 But in many countries, a bigger problem is the spread of hoaxes on WhatsApp, an encrypted instant messaging and phone service that has 1.5 billion users, mainly outside the United States. Glenn Kessler, Washington Post, "Rapidly expanding fact-checking movement faces growing pains," 25 June 2018 Consider the WeChat instant messaging app, which offers mobile payments, online banking, car services, and more. Klint Finley, WIRED, "Does It Matter If China Beats the US to Build a 5G Network?," 6 June 2018 Microsoft has essentially turned Skype into a replacement for a corporate telephone system-with a few modern features borrowed from instant messaging, artificial intelligence and social networking. Dina Bass And Nate Lanxon, chicagotribune.com, "Don't skype me: How Microsoft turned consumers against a beloved brand," 14 May 2018 The San Francisco company makes an instant messaging app widely used among technology professionals and in other large offices to encourage collaboration and open communications. Mike Rogoway, OregonLive.com, "Portland a finalist for Slack's second HQ, 550 jobs," 17 May 2018

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1995, in the meaning defined above

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instant messaging

noun

English Language Learners Definition of instant messaging

: a system for sending messages quickly over the Internet from one computer to another computer

instant messaging

noun
instant mes·​sag·​ing | \ -ˈme-si-jiŋ\

Kids Definition of instant messaging

: a system for sending messages quickly over the Internet from one computer to another

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