||It is an advertisement-supported instant messaging client and associated protocol provided by Yahoo. It was originally launched under the name Yahoo! Pager on March 9, 1998. The features include:
- Instant messaging: Send text messages in real-time
- Photo sharing: Share photo from desktop computer or flickr and then discuss them over.
- PC-to-PC calls: Make a voice call to another Yahoo messenger.
- SMS: Send text messages from messenger to friend’s mobile phones for free.
- Webcam: Plug in your webcam to share live video with your friends on Yahoo! Messenger.
- IM Conferencing: Instant message with many friends at once in a conference room (includes voice capabilities, where available
- IM with Friends on Other Networks: IM with friends who use Windows Live™ Messenger, Reuters Messaging, and Lotus Sametime — right from Yahoo! Messenger.
- File Transfers: Send files instantly to a friend while you IM (2 GB limit).
- IM Forwarding to Mobile: When you sign out of Messenger, have new IMs sent to your phone as text messages.
- Call forwarding: Have incoming calls to Messenger forwarded to another phone number, even if you’re signed out.
- Voicemail: When friends call you on Yahoo! Messenger, they can leave you a voicemail if you’re unavailable.
- Message Archiving: Maintain a private archive of your IM conversations.
- Games: Play a game of pool, backgammon, checkers and more with a friend while you IM.