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Yahoo Messenger (Classic) for Mac is the Mac version of the popular Windows YM, a communication app for anyone with has a Yahoo account. Considering that its Windows-based version is one of the most-used messaging apps, we were eager to see how the app performed. What we found were some nice features but nothing that really stands out over other messaging apps.
The application’s user interface is well-designed and has all the control buttons available at a glance. What we liked is that the platform is finally opening its doors by adding support for MSN, Lotus Samtime, and LCS platforms so you can add your friends using the aforementioned platforms to chat. During our testing, Yahoo Messenger for Mac did its job pretty decently. Text messaging is good, and the sound notifications are very handy. However, when we tested the video call feature, we were surprised by the somewhat poor quality of the video. While the sound was OK, the video needs lots of improvement. We did like the option to organize friends into groups, which made it easier to find and contact the right person. The app also has features like “Phone out,” which means you can call landlines and mobile phones, but you’ll need to purchase credits to access these.
Overall, Yahoo Messenger for Mac is a nice application, showing that the company is opening up to cross-platform ideas, but those who have tried out other messenger apps such as Adium probably won’t be won over.