Yahoo! Messenger (formerly known as Yahoo Pager) is a free service that allows you to see when friends come online and send them instant messages.
It can also alert you to new e-mail in your Yahoo Mail or Yahoo Personals account, or when you have upcoming events recorded in Yahoo Calendar.
Yahoo! Messenger offers firewall support, a standby mode that minimizes the program until an Internet connection is made, the ability to save and print your conversations, and a tabbed interface that provides quick access to your favorite stocks, news, and sports scores.
Other features include the ability to create a chat room automatically, stock price alerts, the ability to send messages to friends even if they're not online when you are, a Quick Compact mode that hides the Messenger tools to maximize your viewing area, Messenger Themes, the Online Presence, a small HTML "button" you can put onto your Web site to allow your Yahoo buddies to instantly see if you are online, and voice chat, which allows you to talk for free to anybody else on the Internet.
If you have a microphone and speakers, you can talk to other people on Yahoo with no long-distance charges.
Using a Webcam, you can see who you are chatting with, or view the Webcam of any Yahoo member who has granted you access.
- Instant message with one friend, or conference in a bunch
- Share or swap photos and discuss them over IM
- Send text messages (SMS) to friends' mobile phones for free
- Join a chat room to meet new friends while you discuss your favorite topics
- Make free PC-to-PC calls and PC-to-phone calls for as low as 1 cent a minute (plus free voicemail!)
- Use the built-in media player to watch web videos and view photos with friends
- Show your style with emoticons, Avatars, audibles and IMVironments
- Share securely with automatic file scanning for users of Norton AntiVirus
- Use your webcam to share live video with your friends
- IM Conferencing
- Send files instantly to a friend (2GB limit)
- IM with friends on other networks
- Stealth and privacy settings to decide who sees you online
- Customizable fonts, colors, ringtones, status messages and skins
- Send animated, talking characters to a friend to liven up your IM conversation.
- Forward IMs to your mobile phone when you're signed out
Several plug-ins or handy applications are available for you to get news, play games, listen to music on your own or simply load a plug-in to do fun things with your friends while you IM.
Yahoo Messenger supports SMS messaging for the following countries and carriers:
- United States: AT&T, Alltel, Nextel (including Sprint), Verizon Wireless, T-Mobile, Virgin Mobile
- Canada: Rogers, Fido, Telus
- India: Vodaphone Essar, Airtel, Aircel, Spice, Escotel, Reliance, BPL, BSNL, IDEA, MTNL
- Indonesia: XL, Indosat, Hutch 3, Telkomsel, Mobile-8, Bakrie, Smart
- Malaysia: Celcom, DiGi, Maxis
- Philippines: Globe, Smart, Sun
- Thailand: AIS, DTAC
- Vietnam: Mobifone, Viettel, Vinaphone, S-Fone, EVN, Vietnamobile, Beeline
- Kuwait: Wataniya
- Pakistan: Mobilink