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Element for Web Apps

  • Free

  • In English
  • V 2017
  • 3.5

    (1)
  • Security Status

Softonic review

Open-source instant messaging service

Element is a free social communications web application coming from developer New Vector Limited. Formerly known as Riot, and Vector before that, this is an open-source chat and instant messaging service featuring end-to-end encryption for more secure messages. It also supports both voice and video calls between two users or groups.

Similar to Discord or Telegram, Element allows for private or public group messaging, with various collaboration tools available as needed. What makes it stand out is its use of the Matrix Protocol, which is basically an open communications standard that ensures cross-platform compatibility across multiple other service providers online.

Universal instant messaging

In a nutshell, Element is a decentralized instant messaging platform that focuses on privacy and security. It offers end-to-end encryption for all communications and its servers are spread across the world, meaning no one company or entity has a monopoly over all user data. You also have the option to set up a personal server to have more control over your data and keep it safe.

Element comes with all the features you would expect from a modern messaging service, including hosting private or public chats, file-sharing options, and even various collaboration tools for business and corporate applications. You can utilize servers to host your conversations, as well as store your data. Choose from public servers, set one up from your home, or employ premium servers for the best experience available.

Additionally, you can enable the aforementioned Matrix Protocol to communicate with friends and family on other third-party messaging services like WhatsApp and Signal. Do note you'll have to do a fair bit of setup and use your own private server. One area where the service can improve is its user interface. While intuitive to use, it's not as customizable or as modern-looking compared to its contemporaries.

A solid messaging platform

All in all, Element is a pretty good instant messaging service that puts security and privacy first without sacrificing features. It's easy to use, offers plenty of options, and seamlessly works with other messaging services straight out of the box. Some areas could be easier to set up, but as a whole, it's a solid option worth considering. Check it out for yourself.

PROS

  • End-to-end data encryption
  • Collaboration tools
  • Matrix Protocol for cross-communications
  • Option for private servers

CONS

  • Some features require additional setup
  • Plain UI that lacks customizability

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Element for Web Apps

  • Free

  • In English
  • V 2017
  • 3.5

    (1)
  • Security Status

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