"Its practically the only choice really for instant messaging but support is non-existent"4.0 starson 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.