Pros Voice/Video conference excellent, easy transmittal of pictures, lots of features.
Cons Occassional drop outs in video conferencing. Takes a while to figure out how all the various features work.
Summary Great Video and Voice conferencing. Use it weekly with 4 friends and the quality is typically excellent. With the new beta pictures can be easily shared via simple drag and drop into the messenger window. Also, the new PC-PC phone calling works well and the ability to leave voice messages is great. Just like a phone answering maching! Can be used in place of long distance phone calls.
"Its practically the only choice really for instant messaging but support is non-existent"on by clayidus
Pros Simple,easy to use and without the security problems associated with installing MSN Messenger
Cons Many times its difficult to log on to Yahoo Messenger if you have deleted the original cookie while registering
Summary Its a no-brainer choice choice really,if you want to use an easy to use tool for text comunication,since the other major alternatives like MSN Messenger posseses some potentially hazardous security risks,and ICQ is a bit more laborious to install,and Aol Messenger can be extremely frustrating to use.However,I have faced problems with logging on to Yahoo Messenger,esp.if you if you have lost or deleted the original cookie which you used while registering,and you are trying log on during peak hours when the Yahoo server is busy.Also,I have had to change the setings in the connection preferences from the default setting of "No proxies" to trying out all the other choices of "use proxy","no network detection" or "Firewall with no Proxies",with a different selection working on different occasions,and as mentioned in the CNET editor's review,the support is non-existent practically.
The feature of including a bell to alert the person you are trying to contact is nice,and exclusive to Yahoo Messenger,vs. the other choices available,as far as I am aware.
All in all,a pretty good choice for a text messenger.
Pros I like the ability to log on as invisible and choose who I want to talk to without being visible to everyone on my list
Cons Messenger help it just that--no other Yahoo feature help is available from Messenger help
Summary I've used AIM, MSN, ICQ and Yahoo. I like the voice feature in Yahoo, I use the webcam feature so my son who is away from home can see the growth of his little sister, and Yahoo messenger has been more stable in my experience than MSN or AIM. It is definitely the Messenger of choice in my family.
Pros Good design; I can enter email adds to my address book; Lots of choices for custom design; Read more below
Cons None so Far. I love it.
Summary Good design; I can add up email addresses to my address books through my messenger; It has Launch Cast; pictures; avatars; lots of preference choices like colors, sounds, etc.--my messenger is as unique as me!; I can now IM through my cellphone; It's Yahoo!Just wonderful!
Pros Has many features
Cons Can't find support easily
Summary I love Yahoo!IM, been using it for 3 years. The IMVironments, Audibles, and emoticon set are large and you can select a custom avatar or your personal photo to show in your IM sessions. Sending files however works poorly for me. When I try to send a pic or song etc. it has to be uploaded to a Yahoo server first, then the recipient clicks a link to retrieve it. MSN transfers the file directly.