I am running a primarily Ubuntu 16.04LTS shop. This question is in reference to instant messenger services, not IM clients. My question is for my environment primarily, which is 100% Ubuntu. What I'm asking about is what application professional developers and engineers use to collaborate on multi-continent projects that are being worked on globally.
Now that the major IM services (YIM, MS Messenger, Google Talk and so on) are gone I'm wondering what instant messenger Engineers are using to collaborate on. Seems like the last two are Skype and AIM. And each has it's own negatives.
I looked into Cryptocat and I did try it out. However it has some MAJOR bugs in it and the project seems to have been abandoned. I've e-mailed the developer several times and have gotten no response.
I do like the design model of Cryptocat. Encrypted, fairly anonymous and hack-proof conversations. Works cross platform. *NIX, Microsoft, smartphones and so on.
For general chit-chat I've been using IRC for decades. Obviously not a tool for private project development discussions.
Anyone using a free, secure instant messenger service that they like?