Tried & Tested

Webconferencing: Yahoo Messenger

1 Mar 2010 by AndrewGough

Yahoo Messenger

Yahoo’s Messenger is the arch-rival to Microsoft’s. Thanks to a relatively recent deal, users of each product can now send messages to one another, but the two are still at war.

Messenger has a slightly less garish feel than Microsoft’s product, although has the same annoyances – jumping icons, ads and a host of added “features” to distract you. However, there are some useful ones, such as the ability to add “widgets” for things like Ebay auctions, so you can keep an eye on them from Messenger’s main window.

Video chat features are also available but, overall, the product has the same pros and cons as Microsoft’s – ultimately it’s more for keeping in touch with friends or close colleagues than for doing business.

PROS Useful “plug-ins” available

CONS Consumer focus, garish design



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