Even in the age of many alternatives, Yahoo! Messenger still dominates the world of instant messaging. It is reliable, of quality, and does not cost much.
What is Yahoo Messenger?
Yahoo! Messenger, known for years as YM, is a free-of-charge messaging tool offered for PC to PC, PC to phone, and vice versa. To cater the changing techo world, YM has also been a name in instant messaging using tablet computers and other forms of mobile gadgets.
YM has an underlying associated protocol called the Yahoo! Messenger Protocol or YMSG, which is by its name provided by Yahoo!, a company that needs no introduction.
Although a lot of users compare YM and Skype, the two have been leading different focus on services. By definition, Yahoo! Messenger is advertisement-supported instant messenger which has a lot extra features like an access in chat rooms and music status.
Originally named Yahoo! Pager, YM was launched in 1998 and became an instant hit in messenger chat activities. To count it, Yahoo! Messenger have been leading this part of the industry for more than 14 years already.
Why choose YM?
It is of our nature to choose the best that interests us, and instant messaging client is of no difference. The following features gives YM the edge over IM providers like America Onilne Instant Messenger (AIM-IM), Skype, and Windows Live Messenger.
Chat. Since it was first used, YM is generally seen as synonymous to chat until others follow. The years are still counting for Yahoo! as people see the product be developed versions after versions.
Webcam. Distance is never a matter when voice communications and chat were provided free by YM. But it was when they integrated video calling that people have embraced YM the most. It may not be the first but its reliability and cost have shaded other video chat providers. Yahoo! Messenger 10 (as well as earlier 8 and 9 versions) carry webcam capabilities and many other services.
Music Radio. This is one of the many plug-ins provided by Yahoo! to fully maximize user satisfaction. By the time it was launch, Yahoo! Music Radio have interested a lot of users through its personalization of music lists. Its popularity reaches the present times as reflected by an app available for download on the iPhone.
Emoticons. For users who believe powerful meanings are better of unsaid, emoticons are great options. Sending in some smileys somewhat gives receivers some cute sensation that may even leave them wondering what was that all about. This works out to teeny lovers but YM has a lot of free emoticons in its trunks.
Integration to other messengers. That’s interoperability for short. It started in 2005 when users of YM and Windows Live Messenger were quite successful in messaging one another with the help of third party apps. The latest to team up with YM is Facebook, bringing its services to some 900 million Facebook users to date.
YM also has in its rosters of features Games and affordable Internet phone calling.