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  • 4.0 stars

    "Despite juvenile interface, some features are very worthwhile"

    May 2, 2006  |   By Nisaba


    Overall, the program has a lot of features I really enjoyed:

    -If you use Yahoo mail, messenger will alert you when you receive email.

    -New IM windows can pop up on the taskbar rather than across your screen, which is nice for privacy reasons.

    -You can share photos directly through the IM window.

    -It lets you log all kinds of contact info for each person on your buddy list in an address book.

    -You can send IMs to people who are offline, and they'll get them whenever they sign on next. I find this useful for spontaneously sending links to my friends who aren't online.

    -No annoying ads on the buddy list window!

    -All IM conversations can be saved in an archive, forever if you so choose.

    -The buddy list has a calendar function where you can keep track of dates and events.


    I don't use the PC-to-PC calling or the chat room functions, so I can't comment on those.

    My biggest annoyance with YIM is the interface. It has a very childish feel, and is full of smiley faces. Although it's neat that YIM has so many different functions, for a person who doesn't use more than the IMing function, the windows and menus just seem very cluttered. I wish the interface was more customizable; you can remove some of the clutter, but not all of it.

    Some other minor annoyances:

    -After using functions that change the size of the IM window, it is sometimes difficult to resize the window back to your preference. I'm not sure why that happens.

    -Changing the font/color mid-IM is not as easy to do as in AIM. (It just takes longer.)

    -In the address book, everyone has miniscule buttons next to their names with options to call or IM them. Several times, I've called people by mistake.

    -It doesn't notify you if a lost connection boots you off, and it doesn't automatically reconnect sometimes.

    One last thing: I recommend customizing installation. That way, you can choose for Yahoo not to install extra things you might not want.

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