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.
In version 8.0, Yahoo Messenger featured the ability for users to create plug-ins, which are then hosted and showcased on the Yahoo Plug-in gallery.
exampleuser" On October 13, 2005, Yahoo and Microsoft announced plans to introduce interoperability between their two messengers, creating the second-largest real-time communications service userbase worldwide: 40 percent of all users (AIM currently holds 56 percent).
The announcement comes after years of third-party interoperability success (most notably, Trillian and Pidgin) and criticisms that the major real-time communications services were locking their networks.
Another recently added feature is customized avatars.
Yahoo Messenger also allows users to access Yahoo Chat Rooms.
This allowed Yahoo and Windows Live Messenger users to chat to each other without the need to create an account on the other service, provided both contacts used the latest versions of the clients.
It was not possible to talk using the voice service between the two different messengers.
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