Instant messaging allows you to quickly exchange messages with your online friends
You love chatting, you sure do. And although there are a lot of instant messengers out there, possibilities aren’t quite infinite, because it all comes down to just a few big names such as Microsoft, Yahoo, Skype and a few others. Yahoo for instance has one of the most popular instant messaging applications out there, with millions of people now using Yahoo Messenger in every corner of the world.
By definition, Yahoo Messenger is a software solution that allows users to send and receive messages through an Internet connection, but the application has evolved so much lately that it’s now a lot more than that. It comes with a built-in photo sharing feature, file transfer capability, video calling support, online gaming, skins and many others.
The setup process shouldn’t be too difficult if you choose the offline installer. If you go for the file downloader provided by Yahoo, just remember to double check your options, because it might also make some changes to your browser and to the default search engines.
Once installation is complete, you have nothing more to do than to write down your Yahoo username and password and you’re ready to go. We must admit that we’re a bit annoyed by the so-called Yahoo Insider window that pops out every time we log in, but there’s also an option to disable it in the preferences menu.
Yahoo Messenger’s interface is nothing special and pretty much relies on the same elements as all the other instant messaging applications out there. There’s a contact list for knowing who’s online and who’s not, plus a few options to pick a status message and an avatar. The magic however begins once you open a chat window with one of your contacts.
Here you can easily send messages, send files just by dragging them in the conversation window, share photos, start a video call, play a game and many other activities just with a single click. It’s that easy, seriously. Plus, the latest versions also come with Facebook integration to track your contacts’ activity on the popular social network service, so Yahoo Messenger makes another major step towards the social area of the Internet.
We weren’t impressed however with video calls quality, as some of the videos streamed through webcams looked awful, although everything was great when tested on other similar apps.
All in all, Yahoo Messenger remains a top pick in the instant messaging category and is seriously worth a chance in case you’re looking for a free way to chat on the Internet
Here are some key features of "Yahoo! Messenger":
· Drag-and-drop photos into your IM windows and talk about them like you're there.
· Make your own radio station and listen to music you like!
· Challenge your friends to classic Yahoo! Games in the IM window.
· Use interactive themed backgrounds in your IMs.
Find, Add, Share Friends:
· Easily get connected with the people who matter most.
· Search from your IM window, and get results both you and your friend can see.
· Drag-and-drop files for real-time sharing and instant notification that they've been received.
· Synchronize all your contact information.
· Make yourself appear online to some and offline to others.
· Let these animated characters say it out loud for you!
· Express your feelings with these animated smiling faces.
· Represent yourself with a stylized graphical image.
· Select an image to represent yourself to your friends.
· Select new visual designs or disable them altogether.
· Make free worldwide PC-to-PC calls and enjoy great sound quality and voice mail.
Take Yahoo! with You:
· Stay connected to Yahoo! Messenger on your mobile phone.
· Share live video with friends and family around the world.
· Exchange text messages with multiple people in one IM.
What's New in This Release:
· Tabbed IMs – One of the most highly sought after features! We heard you loud and clear that being able to effectively organize and manage your conversations is important. No more clutter or juggling – with tabbed IMs, you get to chat with all your friends from one easy and convenient window..
· Improved Spam Management – We hate spam as much as you do, and our battle against it is an ongoing one. If you have been receiving invitations from random strangers, you can now ignore multiple add requests with a single click.
· New Social Games – Level up on how you are keeping in touch with your friends and family. With over 70 exciting games such as Backyard Monsters, Township and ourWorld, Yahoo! Messenger lets you chat and play games with friends at the same time! Get your friends involved by sharing your game activities and play-status so that friends can join your game and you can join theirs.
· Easy Access to Recent Contacts – You may have over a hundred Messenger friends, but most...
Users are advised to pay attention while installing this ad-supported application:
· Displays ad banners or other types of advertising material during its runtime