Review Agent + ICQ
Official client for the messenger from Mail.Ru
Author: Evgenii Kostrov
Date: 28 Aug 2013, tested on Nokia Lumia 920
Various features, simple interface, completely free
No significant shortcomings
Agent + ICQ is the official client for Windows Phone from the developers of the social network named mail.ru, with which you will be able to always be at the center of the events related to friends. Thanks to this application, in addition to your page at mail.ru you can also get access to the accounts of social networking sites like Odnoklassniki (Classmates), VKontakte (VK), Facebook, and good old ICQ. Now it will be easy as pie to stay in touch at various social networks simultaneously, however since the application was created by the developers of Mail.Ru, this social network exactly has got most of schticks (though there are not many of them).
We all know (or going to find out now) that Windows Phone has a very unusual multitasking. Most of the minimized applications seem to work though their functionality is limited, and in some cases after a certain time they just turn off. With this application you will not worry about your happening to be off-line because it has a system of Push-notifications which makes an inquiry to autorun at the first time you start the Agent.
If you do not need this function, you can safely deny this request. At least in the settings of the program there is always an option to enable Push-notifications manually. By the way, there is a caveat which makes many people grow confused. Shortly speaking, if suddenly you decide to delete the program, you have to first enter the settings and turn off Push-notifications, and only then you can remove the application. Otherwise, it may happen that your friends will constantly see you online.
The key features of the program are instant exchange of messages and photos which by the way you can apply one of the dozens of filters on (like at Instagram). While talking to friends you can use very cute animated emoticons, as well as receive and send photos. Looking through friends' profiles, you can only learn their login (e-mail address), activate the stealth mode, or add any of them to blacklist. At the same time, in your profile settings you can choose both your status and X-status.
ResumeYes, compared to the functional of the official Facebook and Odnoklassniki (Classmates) clients, this application has got much less functions, but we hope that in the near future it will become a full-fledged program as it was implemented, for example, on devices based on OS Android. The application interface is very easy to use and its settings allow you to change the theme, the sorting of contacts, to set the type of your Internet connection and select the language. To sum up, we can safely say that the program will not replace your usual communication at the mail.ru service, but it will certainly be useful to everyone who has a page at this social networking site.