Yahoo Messenger

A newer version of Yahoo Messenger is available.

This download is served from an external site

close

NOTICE: This link will open a connection to a third-party site. CNET cannot ensure the security of software that is hosted on external sites.

Continue to download

Sponsored Products

Or, Learn More About Yahoo Messenger
CNET Editors' Rating 5.0 stars

Spectacular

Average User Rating stars

out of 1,388 user reviews

Back to product review

Full user review

  • 4.0 stars

    "Despite juvenile interface, some features are very worthwhile"

    May 2, 2006  |   By Nisaba

    Pros

    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.

    Cons

    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.

    Reply to this review

    Was this review helpful? (2) (0)

Submit your reply

Submit

The posting of advertisements, profanity, or personal attacks is prohibited.
Click here to review our site terms of use.

cancel

Add Your Review

Log in or create an account to post a review.
You are logged in as . Please submit your review for Yahoo Messenger 7.0
Add Your Review

The posting of advertisements, profanity, or personal attacks is prohibited.
Click here to review our site terms of use.

E-mail this review

Submit cancel

Report offensive content

If you believe this comment is offensive or violates the CNET's Site Terms of Use, you can report it below (this will not automatically remove the comment). Once reported, our staff will be notified and the comment will be reviewed.

Select type of offense:

Offensive: Sexually explicit or offensive language
Spam: Advertisements or commercial links
Disruptive posting: Flaming or offending other users
Illegal activities: Promote cracked software, or other illegal content
Submit cancel

Error

close

ERROR MESSAGE

If you think this is an error, please contact CNET TechTracker Support for further assistance.

Ok

Running Request

close

loading

Smart Install Software

close

CNET TechTracker will now automatically install software without requiring further action by you. (Note: This feature automatically accepts associated EULAs and third party applications on your behalf.)

You have selected the following software to Smart Install:

CNET TechTracker will attempt to install this software without interrupting you again. If an application requires manual installation, CNET TechTracker will download the installer and prompt you to take further action.

Proceed with Smart Install?

Confirm Standard Install Cancel