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Yahoo Messenger

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Yahoo Messenger has been a staple of audio and text chats for a long, long time, and video chats are now handled without problem. The latest version of Yahoo Messenger adds enhancements to contacts and friends lists, as well as support for newsfeeds and visual tweaks. Yahoo Messenger installs easily but does require a free account.

Yahoo Messenger has long been used for text chats, for which it was a favorite app. The addition of audio and video chats put Yahoo Messenger up against a lot of other similar products, but it has remained a popular app on Windows. Each iteration has added new features and capabilities, and added things like radio streams, games, and more configuration options. Yahoo Messenger integrates with other Yahoo services like email.

We've used Yahoo Messenger for a decade and it's still a favorite messenger tool for many. With the new release tweaking some things and enhancing others, it gets better every time. While the video quality sometimes seems to drop more than we like, and there's an increasing number of ads for other Yahoo products, we still find Yahoo Messenger is a go-to app.

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  • All versions:

    3.2 stars

    out of 1,389 votes

    • 5 star: 420
    • 4 star: 291
    • 3 star: 213
    • 2 star: 105
    • 1 star: 360
  • Current version:

    2.3 stars

    out of 19 votes

    • 5 star: 3
    • 4 star: 1
    • 3 star: 3
    • 2 star: 3
    • 1 star: 9
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  • 1.0 stars

    "not worth free"

    December 23, 2013  |   By mynameismyname

    Version: Yahoo Messenger 11.5.0.228

    Pros

    you can chat if you like to let everyone see

    Cons

    now yahoo has sold out to big corporations and wants to know who you are by a phone number so they can track you information and what you are interested in.

    Summary

    Well go ahead and let us see who you are with your real name and where you live so we can all make money off of you. This is the new yahoo way. They want you to list your phone number in order to set up a account. Then these big investors watch your surfing habits and see where to invest in the stock markets, So if you fill comfortable with someone watching your chat and your surfing habits and making money from you then go ahead and use it but please can you at least use you name and address for all of us so we can all make money from you. Lets spread the wealth if your willing to give away your privacy.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Used to be a good product in the early to mid XP days."

    July 24, 2013  |   By CheeselUvinraT

    Version: Yahoo Messenger 11.5.0.228

    Pros

    1. Can communicate with other yahoo users.
    2. Nice skins.

    Cons

    1.Online installation failed from messenger.yahoo.com on Windows 7, I had to download the offline install from filehippo.
    2. Audibles are not animated after being received on recipients computer.
    3. Had trouble connecting to yahoo email from the email notifier link until I switched my yahoo email to use non ssl sign in.
    4. Does not load if using Microsoft Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit unless the programs Data Execution Prevention box is unchecked in EMET.
    5. No email support anymore. Seems a lot of big internet companies just try to pawn us users off to a forum to get help from other users.
    6. Has not been updated in quite a long time.
    7. Would like to see a version without social integration(Facebook) and also without webcam microphone support since I have no desire to use either.

    Summary

    To me there's more cons than pros I wouldn't recommend it until Yahoo fixes a lot of problems with it.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "MALWARE, VIRUS, POPUPS!!!! STAY AWAY"

    July 10, 2013  |   By yellowsnow2

    Version: Yahoo Messenger 11.5.0.228

    Pros

    none malicious stay away

    Cons

    Added toolbars I wasn't ask about..Pop ups...So I ran spy bot afterwards. 100+ malicious entries. Some zip file that could not be opened and set off my antivirus when spybot tried to remove it....Some annoying pop up thing called "sweetpacks"...Changed my home page to the sweetpacks pop up page.

    Summary

    Still trying to remove this crap.....STAY AWAY!!! MALICIOUS DOWNLOADS

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  • 1.0 stars

    "This release is terrible!!"

    June 3, 2013  |  

    Version: Yahoo Messenger 11.5.0.228

    Pros

    The online chat part still works, as it always did.

    Cons

    It is unreliable. Offline messages are 'lost', they do not go thru most of the time. Conversation history is sometimes lost. The way they have changed the conversation history makes it impossible to find anything. It used to be sorted by date, and you had a list of dates, why on earth did they change that??

    Summary

    I agree with other reviews, this release of Yahoo IM is a total DISGRACE. I have worked in the computer field for about 30 years, and I am surprised that Yahoo would let a highly visible product like this one go live with all these errors. Where was the Quality Assurance team when this came out??? It is not being fixed in a timely matter, either, these problems have persisted for months.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "this is complete and total you know what"

    May 31, 2013  |   By Pineapple1986

    Version: Yahoo Messenger 11.5.0.228

    Pros

    the only pro is that it is better then email and it does not use skype

    Cons

    about one out of 10 poeple i add will really add to my messenger the rest just give me a error message

    it also has cuase i sudden increase in pop up ads and slowed my email to the point of insanity

    Summary

    if you can live without it do not get it

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  • 1.0 stars

    "A disgrace..."

    May 16, 2013  |   By longtalker

    Version: Yahoo Messenger 11.5.0.228

    Pros

    Has the ability to leave offline messages, which the recipient gets upon logging in even if the sender is no longer online. Allows setting yourself visible only to certain contacts. Both features are nice and Skype does not have them. However, read on..

    Cons

    This software has got worse and worse over the years. Voice calls barely make it through now, and most of the time you just get ringing on one side and a frozen call warning window on the other, with the ability to press Answer only long after the caller has hung up.

    Offline messages are only delivered about one out of 5 cases, with the rest of them being "lost" somewhere in space.

    Message history only sometimes shows you the most recent messages written, other times it just says that history cannot be retrieved.

    And many other bugs that no-one cares to fix, and which make YM unusable.

    Summary

    What's more, there is absolutely no support for this software, and the big company behind it don't mind it making a complete mockery of their name. I've submitted error reports countless times, pleading with them to release a new version that fixes the above-mentioned bugs. No response to date, and no new version for years.

    I myself am giving this wreck of a messenger up, after many years of use, in favour of its much stronger competitors, Gmail and Skype.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Works well most of the time"

    April 22, 2013  |   By bogrunner39

    Version: Yahoo Messenger 11.5.0.228

    Pros

    Yahoo messenger has problems when trying to upload pictures.

    Cons

    Yahoo messenger has problems when trying to upload pictures.

    Summary

    In order to get Yahoo Messenger to upload pictures, I h ave to run it through Mozilla Firefox.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "What about Windows 8?"

    March 9, 2013  |   By stonehkm

    Version: Yahoo Messenger 11.5.0.228

    Pros

    Used for years, mainly to notify me that I have yahoo mail. Worked great on XP, Vista, Windows 7. With so many other applications out there, Facebook etc, it's usefulness as a messaging tool diminished.

    Cons

    I have upgraded to Windows 8 Pro and messenger continually freezes up my PC. It has been checked thoroughly and Yahoo Messenger is the culprit. We need a 2013 release pronto.

    Summary

    I use only for mail alerts and to see when friends are on line.
    Useless with Windows 8 since once or twice a day my PC freezes. I have uninstalled it and now no more freezes. I cannot find a version that says compatible with Windows 8 so will leave it alone until then. If you have Windows 7, it is great!

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Really Really good"

    February 27, 2013  |   By RayLNelson

    Version: Yahoo Messenger 11.5.0.228

    Pros

    All in one
    Integration with FB and others
    pop up notes of all kinds

    Cons

    To many ads
    not as good in groups

    Summary

    Glad it's not going away

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Don't download I'll tell you why."

    February 26, 2013  |   By zeekboxy

    Version: Yahoo Messenger 11.5.0.228

    Pros

    I uninstalled this software after I found what it did.

    Cons

    no option to not install "coupon companion" or the "yahoo toolbar" it just does it. or if there was an option to avoid them it didn't work.
    coupon companion seems to be easy enough to uninstall thus far but the tool bar never seems to entirely leave. I disabled it using the addon function in fire fox then I uninstalled it using revo-uninstaller but the option to have the tool bar in fire fox under options still remains.

    Summary

    In summery I don't know if the messenger works and who cares look shady nature yahoo.

    Updated on Feb 26, 2013

    this is most certainly a virus trap. shame on yahoo. lets boycott them completely.

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