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 7.54 brings these changes (see full changelog for more):
- Fixed script editor editbox horizontal scrollbar sensitivity.
- Fixed /hadd -mN parsing bug.
- Fixed $decode() parsing of N parameter when N = 0 to ensure that it
always returns a line count of one.
- Fixed API call that prevented mIRC from running on Windows XP.
- Fixed /timer -p switch not counting down correctly when more than one
repetition is specified.
- Added /timer -P switch that pauses the count down for a timer.
- Updated OpenSSL library to v1.0.2q.
- Optimized while loop parameter parsing in scripts.
- Fixed $hmac() bug when using sha384/sha512 with keys longer than 64
- Fixed /onotice and related commands not working in some contexts.
- Fixed Log Files dialog sort by date column bug.
- Updated CA root certificates cacert.pem file.
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