Yahoo! Messenger

Yahoo! Messenger 0.8.288

The new instant messenger from Yahoo!

Yahoo! Messenger 11 allows you to chat to your Yahoo! and Facebook friends via instant messaging. View full description


  • Amazing video quality!
  • Highly customizable
  • Great privacy settings


  • Animated backgrounds are ad-ridden
  • Long installation process
  • Too much bloat


Yahoo! Messenger 11 allows you to chat to your Yahoo! and Facebook friends via instant messaging.

To bring Yahoo! Messenger up to date, Facebook chat has been integrated into the latest version, along with social games like Mafia Wars. You can now use video chat in full-screen mode, and the 'Always On' feature means you'll stay connected whether on mobile, at home or at work.

You can of course update your Facebook status from Yahoo! Messenger, and also on Yahoo! What hasn't changed from the previous version is the amount of bloat in the app. Some people may appreciate the shared videos, social games (as shown in the video here), radio stations, emoticons, search bar and so on. However, all this stuff adds a lot of weight to the Yahoo! Messenger, and it feels unsophisticated today. The video call quality in Yahoo! Messenger is pretty good, however, and in fact if it stuck to being a chat app, we would recommend it more highly!

The amplification of social aspects in Yahoo! Messenger isn't a revolution. If you love all the bells and whistles, you'll love this app, but many people will find it annoying and intrusive.


  • Tabbed IMs
  • Improved Spam Management
  • New Social Games
  • Easy Access to Recent Contacts
  • Smart Archiving
  • Snap and Share
  • Quick Access to All Emoticons
  • Now in Romanian too
Yahoo! Messenger


Yahoo! Messenger 0.8.288

User reviews about Yahoo! Messenger

  • maui5

    by maui5

    "Hate it! Bring the old one back!"

    I totally HATE the new messenger! The old one was SO MUCH better! The new one looks ugly, unfriendly, cold, and robot...   More.

  • мαℓαк Hernandez

    by мαℓαк Hernandez


    if and I say if I can download it I just might have an opinion. But it seems it doesn't work...Lord Jesus will u dri...   More.

  • lady.b

    by lady.b

    "This new messenger and how much yahoo has changed as a whole sucks butt!!!"

    I hate it. This is bs. Yahoo you used to be great. Now you are nothing. What happened? Who bought it out to make...   More.

  • MelkorVala1

    by MelkorVala1

    "The new messenger is the pits!"

    Verizon has taken what use to be the Rolls Royce of online instant messenger services and turned it into the Yugo of ...   More.

  • rebeccamac

    by rebeccamac

    "YM moving from elegant professional design to pop-culture dregs"

    Alarmingly bad. I have already deleted the program. Yahoo has decided to diss most of its professional users in fav...   More.

  • TexasUser

    by TexasUser

    "So bad that you won't believe it"

    So bad that I don't even know where to begin. Video chat is gone, regular contacts replaced by a list of who's who in...   More.