Yahoo! Messenger

by Yahoo! Inc

A messenger service to keep you in contact with your friends

Operating system: Windows

Publisher: Yahoo! Inc

Release: Yahoo! Messenger

Antivirus check: passed

Last revision: Last week

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Yahoo! Messenger for Windows, is a free messaging service that connects together instant messaging, personal services, and email. As a bonus, it links to news services, allowing you to link along with your contacts with others and your links to news, weather, sports, business, and other kinds of news. It offers one of the few and rare integrated chat experiences found among technology companies from a name that's been in the technology industry for more than two decades.

It is a redesigned version of Yahoo! Chat, which was an Internet chat service for nearly 20 years and used and beloved by millions. Originally released in 1998, it remained popular until it was shut down in 2012. Like Yahoo! Chat, it puts you into instant contact with your friends. It allows you to see when friends are online and send messages to them. It also allows you to save past conversations with friends, and it puts conversations with friends in the same tabbed interface as its other features. Through a series of tabs, you're able to switch quickly between conversations with friends and to the other services Yahoo! Messenger for Windows provides, such as the news links.

Yahoo! Messenger for Windows, supports file sharing among users, which has long been a popular service. Files can be up to 2 GB, though more recently it has been limited to photo files, GIFs, and videos. These features interface well with other products and services owned by Yahoo!, which offers you an excellent integrated experience. These advantages of scale offer the user significantly more than a stand-alone chat program.

Allows users to see when their friends are online

  • Instantly message friends and other users.
  • Start and participate in private group conversations.
  • Create plug-ins for Internet radio and other services
  • Potential for the use of URI schemes
  • Like and unsend messages to other users


  • Options for offline users and users with low connectivity
  • Photo sharing in large number or bulk
  • Availability for iPhone and Android, in addition to desktop and the web
This software is great for people who are constantly on Yahoo because this is a messaging app that facilitates the process of communicating with other people who are on Yahoo as well. You are able to share photos instantly and use things like GIFS and even unsend messages. This app is free even on mobile devices and it is an essential download for many. The 11.5 version is the most updated.
I remember using Yahoo Messenger back in the day so it's great to see that some form of it exists still out there. The program is pretty self explanatory. It enables you to use the classic messenger which involves you talking to your friends and also being able to check your mail. It's a nice throwback to when we used to use these messengers.
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