Although it’s no longer current that Yahoo has released a new version of messenger, we thought to write some opinions about this subject, given that Yahoo Messenger is the most popular instant messaging tool used in our country.
Yahoo has made a number of improvements in version 11.5, which other platforms have for a while. Among these improvements are: Tab grouping of all the chat windows that were scattered throughout the screen. Emoticons preview for an easier search and to avoid confusion, and more emoticons, that were hidden in previous versions and were available only to the advanced users of YM. A very useful button for snapshots, which makes the screen capture very easy. Another improvement is Recent Contacts group in the top of the list for easier access of the people with whom you discussed recently. The interface was also fully translated in Romanian, which is a plus for people who do better with programs in their native language.
But with all these new improvements, we all know that Yahoo Messenger had always been very problematic in many ways. Unfortunately, the new version still did not get rid of these problems, although some of them were at least partially solved.
Although the problem with file transmission errors has been largely resolved, unfortunately the transfer speed dropped dramatically and that is not because of the Internet connection. For an archive 500MB in size, several hours are required for the transfer to complete.
Problems that existed before with the change of avatar image are found in the new version also, the application requires opening and closing several times for the changes to take place. This becomes annoying when a good part of the friends in the contact list do that.
Another aspect that is quite disturbing, is the audio and video quality. Even if you use an HD webcam, the video quality and resolution remain the same as before, and occasionally the video gets stuck every once in a while. As for the audio, the sound is very poor quality in calls, being often almost impossible to understand what the other person is trying to say, even with a quality microphone. I guess this is due to the same very poor transfer speed that Yahoo Messenger has.
So we must live with these problems for a while to come. But we can still hope that those who will buy Yahoo, will do a good job in the future.