A few months ago a totally redesigned and improved version of WebQQ was released and so far we've gotten lots of positive feedback from our users. Many people like the new concept and design. WebQQ2 now looks like the regular QQ client, but on a virtual desktop. I believe WebQQ2 is one of the most innovative Web IM products out there! You can even "install" many other applications and the team is hard at work at improving things even further.
The original WebQQ1 version was launched in early 2009 and for the first time it made it possible to use QQ on environments where we had no native client. WebQQ2 improves on this concept and adds lots of cool new stuff such as real application support and advanced desktop features.
The virtual WebQQ desktop
WebQQ2 now has support for applications, a feature that is very important for WebQQ2. When you open web.qq.com , you will immediately notice the application bar on the top. One of the default applications is a web browser, which is quite funny:
WebQQ inside my browser, loading my own website :)
By default a few of the most popular applications are visible, but you can enable many more by clicking on the small button :
Adding applications to your virtual WebQQ2 desktop
This is of course still the most important feature of WebQQ. After you signin, you will see a very familar looking WebQQ client. It's on purpose modelled after the QQ client, because everyone is used to that and it has a simple UI design.
The chat window has similar features as the QQ desktop client. I've numbered them 1-7 above:
Near the right bottom of the WebQQ desktop are some additional features, which might not be immediately obvious.
new buttons released 6 Dec 2010
These buttons let you do the following:
WebQQ2 now even support custom themes (button 8 above)
Q: How do I change my nickname?
A: At the bottom of the 'QQ' panel (with your buddies), there are two icons. The left is a search icon and the right is to manage your contacts (管理). If you press that icon, you will get a popup window. On that popup window select the third tab to change your own nick and with the second tab and you can change the name of your friends in the second column. You only have to enter the name and it should automatically save it.
WebQQ1 and WebQQ2 share very little in common. The first iteration was a great success product-wise, but we faced some technical limitations. Therefore it was decided to rewrite WebQQ completely. As any programmer knows, version 2 is always nicer to write, because you have all the experiences from version 1 :) And it shows off! We now have a very robust architecture that's easy to extend and maintain. We have used Erlang as an important part of WebQQ, namely to bridge our QQ backend services with the Web. For example it keeps track of the user's state, chat messages etc. The ability to do live upgrades, without forcing people to login again is great, as well as the various features of OTP for fault tolerance. We also use Java and C++ for other parts, but the chat is relying on Erlang. End users will probably not care about all of this, but as a result of the improved WebQQ2 architecture, we can release new features faster than before and everything runs rock-solid.
Previous version of WebQQ(1):
WebQQ screenshot from the private beta of January 2009:
You can even chat on your Wii now (although Opera Wii has some problems with Chinese)
Chinese only, but hey - it's chat, so if you are able to use QQ then
it's quite straightforward to use WebQQ as well. The interface is quite
similar and there are few distractions so you just click on your
friend's picture and you are all set. We're currently not working on an English version.
|Last Updated ( Tuesday, 08 February 2011 )|
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