This is similar in function to the mailto URI scheme, which creates a new e-mail message using the system's default mail program.
For instance, a web page might include a link like the following in its HTML source to open a window for sending a message to the YIM user exampleuser: ymsgr:sendim?
Microsoft has also had talks with AOL in an attempt to introduce further interoperability, but so far, AOL seems unwilling to participate.
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Yahoo Messenger will support Hindi (on Android devices only), Chinese, French, German, Spanish and Indonesian. Messenger offers file sending capabilities to its users. Since the software's relaunch, only certain media files can be shared: photos, animated GIFs and videos. Chat was first launched on January 7, 1997, as it was confirmed to be a feature on the very first release of Yahoo! On March 9, 1998, the first public version of Yahoo! In June 2005, with no advance warning, Yahoo disabled users' ability to create their own chat rooms.
It also allows album sharing, with multiple media files in one IM. Chat was a free online chat room service provided exclusively for Yahoo! The move came after KPRC-TV in Houston, Texas reported that many of the user-created rooms were geared toward pedophilia.
It was also the first major IM client to feature BUZZing and music-status.
M) is an advertisement-supported instant messaging client and associated protocol provided by Yahoo! Yahoo Messenger is provided free of charge and can be downloaded and used with a generic "Yahoo ID" which also allows access to other Yahoo! Mail, where users can be automatically notified when they receive new email. also offers PC-to-PC, PC-to-Phone and Phone-to-PC service, file transfers, webcam hosting, text messaging service, and chat rooms in various categories. Messenger was originally launched under the name Yahoo! In addition to instant messaging features similar to those offered by ICQ, it also offers (on Microsoft Windows) features such as: IMVironments (customizing the look of Instant Message windows, some of which include authorized themes of various cartoons such as Garfield or Dilbert), address-book integration and Custom Status Messages.
The plug-in also player functionality, such as play, pause, skip and rate this song. It lacked some basic functions such as webcam support, and has since been discontinued.
Yahoo Messenger users are subject to unsolicited messages (SPIM). Messenger is currently available for computers as downloadable software and web software, including both a messenger-only site and Yahoo! Third-party clients could also be used to access the legacy service. Messenger received 1 out of 7 points on the scorecard.
As of December 14, 2012, all public chat rooms on Yahoo Messenger have been shut down as part of a series of features being changed/added/deleted.
As of March 27, 2016, the only supported clients are the Android, i OS and web browser clients.
Another recently added feature is customized avatars.
Yahoo Messenger also allows users to access Yahoo Chat Rooms.
There are various games and applications available that can be accessed via the conversation window by clicking the games icon and challenging your current contact. As of April 18, 2014, games were removed from Yahoo Messenger.