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mIRC 7.38

Hold your own online group chats with this powerful IRC client

by Mike Williams

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License: Shareware
Operating Systems: Windows 7 (32 bit), Windows 7 (64 bit), Windows 8, Windows Vista (32 bit), Windows Vista (64 bit), Windows XP
Languages: English
Software Cost: $20 (Windows)
Date Updated: 24 May 2014
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Downloads To Date: 1510
Developer: mIRC Co. Ltd.
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Enjoy online group chats with this powerful IRC client

Internet Relay Chat (IRC) is one of the oldest chat platforms on the Internet, and mIRC is one of the best known IRC chat clients.

The technology is mostly about holding real-time group chats in chat rooms, called channels (although you can have private chats with individual IRC users, too). It's far more complex than just chatting in the average web chatroom, but then you can also do more, and mIRC generally does a good job of walking you through the initial IRC basics.

Once you're chatting you'll discover that the program has all the extras that you'd expect in any modern messaging client: buddy lists, file transfers, message logging, SSL encryption, IPv6 support, and more.

If you want to go further, then the program can be automated through its own scripting language. This is no toy - it supports DLLs, can call COM objects, create graphical windows, process binary files, create sockets for network communications, and more - and can do anything from manage your IRC channels to playing complex multi-user online games.

And while the program isn't free, the licensing is just about as generous as you'll get. A single-user licence of $20 will allow you to install mIRC on up to 3 computers, and it's a lifetime deal - you'll never have to pay again for any future version.

Version 7.38:

  • Added STARTTLS support using the CAP tls protocol.
  • Fixed switchbar/treebar display bug that caused windows to be displayed in the wrong order.
  • Added Shift-F3 key support in Scripts Editor to search backwards through text.
  • Fixed timezone/daylight savings bug that was affecting timestamping and time/date identifiers.
  • Changed $sound() to use the TagLib library for improved reading of MP3 and other media file formats.
  • Updated the default DCC accept and ignore file types lists.
  • Changed $input() to allow entering of longer text and limiting text entry to maximum length.
  • Fixed DCC Get window not being updated when a resume begins.
  • Fixed DCC Chat speech bug that caused text in a DCC Chat window not to be spoken.
  • Added $envvar(N/name) identifier with .name and .value properties to return environment variables.
  • Changed /server to search servers list using combination of server address, group, and description.
  • Updated libraries to PCRE v8.36 and OpenSSL 1.0.1j.
  • Other changes and bug fixes.

IRC has more of a learning curve than most chat technologies, but mIRC has more tools to help you along the way than most of the competition

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You can use it to send and receive text and voice messages, photos, videos, even call your friends in other countries, and because it uses your phone's internet connection it might not cost you anything at all (depending on whether you'll pay data charges).

It's easy to set up and use. There's no need to create and remember new account names or pins because it works with your phone number, and uses your regular address book to find and connect you with friends who use WhatsApp already.

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• Links that you share or receive will now include a rich preview. When sending a link, you have the option to not include a rich preview.
• Additional 3D Touch features: You can now quickly Peek and Pop chats.
• Redesigned Settings tab. 
• You can now view all your starred messages across all your chats in Settings — Starred Messages.