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.
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.
The service is free with provided speeds averaging from a range in between 1 and 2 frames per second.
The resolution of the images can be seen starting at 320×240 pixels or 160×120.
The legacy Windows, Mac, Linux and Solaris clients are not supported anymore, and their servers began shutting down on August 5, 2016, It turned out that the servers for the legacy clients were finally shut down sometime between the mid-morning and early afternoon hours east coast time on September 1, 2016, resulting in the legacy desktop clients no longer being able to access their buddy/contact lists.
On April 12, 2016, Yahoo announced that the messenger would support six non-English languages to bridge the language gap and create personalised experiences for its users. It allowed users to create public chat rooms, send private messages, and use emoticons.
Microsoft has also had talks with AOL in an attempt to introduce further interoperability, but so far, AOL seems unwilling to participate.
Interoperability between Yahoo and Windows Live Messenger was launched July 12, 2006.
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Yahoo's software previously allowed users with newer versions (8 through 10) to use webcams.