Yahoo! Messenger

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Yahoo! Messenger is one of the oldest programs to chat and send messages around from our Windows desktop. Communicate with all your email contacts


Yahoo!'s instant messaging service

May 25, 2017
8 / 10

If we go back to the beginning of the Internet, in the mid-90s', Yahoo! occupies a very special place. It was one of the first large companies that grew in this environment and its chat and instant messaging app, Yahoo! Messenger, has been offering its services ever since.

Plenty of time has gone by since those days and this service obviously doesn't like anything like what it used to. Renovated and adapted to modern times, unlike Microsoft Messenger that ended up replaced by Skype, it also comes along with a client for Windows, as well as iPhone and Android applications.

Yahoo!'s messenger software

And it might not be as competitive as other apps... for instance, we can't make video calls or send voice messages over the VoIP protocol (a function that it could definitely do with), but it comes along with practical and functional features that, together with one of its greatest advantages regarding other similar services (its huge number of users), make it a long-lasting classic.

Other chat and instant messaging services and applications (Telegram, LINE, Viber...) may have had to put in a lot of effort to gain users but not so much in the case of Yahoo! because it already had hundreds of millions of users in its email service even before Google launched Gmail.

Chat and communicate with your email contacts.

Main features

These are the main functions offered by this app that doesn't intend to be a possible alternative to WhatsApp or any other application but simply the messaging app for the contacts you've already get on Yahoo!:

  • Send text messages to your email contacts.
  • Share high-resolution photos. You can even share full albums.
  • Delete messages that you regret having sent.
  • Express yourself in more depth by sending GIF animations.
  • Create contact groups.
  • Like the messages sent by other people.
  • Synchronize your conversation with the smartphone version and the web browser version.

It has been almost 20 years since it was created and first released, and there still people who haven't stopped using it ever since 1998. Previous versions of Yahoo!'s chat no longer work because they decided to renovate the app and network in 2016. Now you've got to download this app, the functions of which are totally free, and log in with your email address. At least you can import all your contacts at once.

Elies Guzmán

With a degree in History, and later, in Documentation, I have over a decade of experience testing and writing about apps: reviews, guides, articles, news, tricks, and more. They have been countless, especially on Android, an operating system...

Antony Peel

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