Free instant messenger with excellent privacy settings and video quality
Windows 8 / Windows 7 / Windows Vista / Windows XP
Yahoo! Messenger 9 is all the great parts of instant messaging mixed with the great parts of Facebook. Yahoo! Messenger 9 allows for its users to play games, hold real-time video and audio chats with friends, update their Facebook status, and so much more. It is a one-stop location for all internet needs.
Yahoo! Messenger 9 recently merged with Facebook in order to build a more modern system for Yahoo!. It has been a great change for them and taken Yahoo! into the new age of online chatting. Yahoo! Messenger 9 is an incredibly robust system. It can be difficult to get used to at first, but once users get ahold of it it can be very addicting.
The new merger brought many updates such as tabbing instant messages, saving recent contacts, listening to radio, using emojis, new games to play with friends, better archiving, and spam control. While it does have a new sort of Facebook charm, users should not be worried about losing the Yahoo! touch. The interface is more or less the same.
The major downside of Yahoo! Messenger 9 is the fact that it feels very heavy and can be hard to navigate at times. It would be much better if Yahoo! focused primarily on being a messenger and less on being all of the web in one location.
That being said, the video and call quality on Yahoo! Messenger 9 is good. It is very clear and is far better than other video systems on other social media websites.
One great feature of Yahoo! Messenger 9 is the Always On setting. Wherever users are, on whatever device you are using, users can stay up to date. In a world that is moving faster and faster each day, it is great to be able to stay caught up no matter wherever users find themselves.
Yahoo Messenger makes staying in touch on the go a little easier. While other messenger systems disappeared over the years, Yahoo remained on top by giving users exactly what they wanted. If you haven't use the program since your high school or college years, now is the perfect time to give it a go. Its new design and added features let you send short messages to anyone on your friends' list and make some new friends as well.
Your friends' list appears on the left-hand side of the screen, and you can send messages using the large chat window on the right. The avatars and icons that your friends use will show on your messenger window, but you can hover your mouse over each icon to identify each user. Double clicking on any of those images will load the chat window, and you can type directly into that window and send along your messages. Users not currently online will receive those messages when they log in later. As with the old versions, you can use emoticons and images in your messages.
Yahoo Messenger 9 gives you more chances to customize your experience. You can choose when the program loads, including when you turn on your computer or only after you open the program manually. Users also have the option of deciding what to do with the program when working online. You can let the program automatically sign you into your Yahoo account when you come across a page that uses Yahoo for posting comments. The program also lets you decide when you want to sign out and close the program. Some users want the program to close only when they manually sign out, while others prefer that the program signs them out when they close the program itself.
Don't let the name fool you into thinking that it only lets you chat with messages. Thanks to new additions to the program, you can now use the Voice Call feature to talk to those on your friends' list. As long as you connect a microphone or headset first and the other user has a similar device, you can chat without using a phone. Another popular feature is the Video Call feature, which lets you use a webcam to share a video call with another user.
While Yahoo Messenger 9 is similar to the older versions of the program, updating to the new program lets you stay on top of any updates or changes in the future.