Discord is a proprietary freeware voice-over-Internet Protocol (VoIP) application designed for gaming communities. The software specializes in text and audio communication between users in a chat channel.
Most people primarily use Discord as a voice-chat client, creating servers with their friends where they can organize playtimes for their favourite games, but that’s not all Discord is used for. The platform is popular for communities to come together and have easier conversations, opening up servers to the public and building the biggest community possible.
While Discord is proprietary software, the software is free to use; you can make unlimited server with no slot limitations.
- Attractive user interface – really easy to use and visually awesome.
- Very easy to setup.
- Text chat – share images, video, and links from the desktop and phone. Most types of media are embedded in the chat.
- Friends list – add friends and individually message them outside of servers.
- Uses the Opus codec. The software uses a modern jitter buffer, automatic gain control, noise suppression, and echo cancellation. There’s also Quality of Service high packet priority.
- Low latency.
- Minimal CPU usage.
- Custom hot keys – offering server and channel navigation, speedy message reading, menu surfing, and in-channel text cruising.
- Smart push notifications.
- Robust permissions.
- Multiple channels.
- Direct messaging.
- Uses Markdown, a simple plain text formatting system that’ll help you make your sentences stand out. There’s support for code blocks.
- Syntax highlighting for many languages.
- Automatic failover.
- Encrypted server to client communication – your IP address is not revealed.
- IP & DDos protection with an Erlang backend running on the cloud.
- Connect accounts with Twitch, Google, Steam, Reddit, Facebook, Twitter, Spotify, and Microsoft Live.
- Cross-platform support – runs on Linux, Windows, macOS, Android, iOS and in web browsers.
- In-game overlay – talk with your friends while playing your favourite game (Windows only).
- Internationalization support.
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