Yahoo! Messenger 11.5

Yahoo! Messenger 11.5

Free Instant messenger with audio and video calling capabilities
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Populate your friends list and enjoy one-on-one or group conversations. Communicate via text and audio or video calls. Add animated backgrounds, emojis, drawings and even games to your chats.

Yahoo! Messenger (YIM) is one of the oldest and most well-known instant messaging clients in the world. And its established reputation is largely well-deserved. Installing YIM on your computer you get almost everything you may want to get from an IM client: chat and chat rooms (large open chats similar to IRC channels), PC-to-PC and PC-to-Phone call functions, wide selection of available plug-ins, etc.

YIM is praised by many for its flexible stealth functions. If you are not in the mood or don't want to be disturbed by your friends or colleagues every two minutes, you can just login invisible to everyone and chat with some of them. If you don't want specific people to know you're on-line, just set the option to be invisible to them.

Another useful feature is the Yahoo! Messenger's SMS service. What everyone will definitely like about it is that it's free and quite comfortable to use. However, there's a small fly in the ointment: the SMS service is subject to a five-message limit. It means that you can't send more than five messages to a number till you get a reply from that number.

If you want to do more than just SMSing to mobile numbers you may want to sign up for Yahoo! Phone Out and make PC-to-Phone calls for an average of 2 cents per minute. more

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Keath Wyszynski
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Review summary


  • Linking to social network accounts
  • PC calls
  • Flexible stealth functions
  • Games
  • Messaging via SMS
  • Numerous plug-ins


  • Chat rooms are full of spam
  • The five-message SMS limit

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rating Jen
Love this feature

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Donald Jones
If it is as good as it was, then It will be okay.

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Hi, the new version is out, and I can't seem to find it or get it to work. I still have the last version and try to update it but doesn't seem to do anything. We are older people and are lost. Where are the friend's list and the rest? Can anyone direct me to the right version as I only end up with some useless message box with nothing else in it no friends list no PC to PC call nothing? We need help or our relationship after 15 years will be over if we can't communicate, we need help.

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