Another recently added feature is customized avatars.Yahoo Messenger also allows users to access Yahoo Chat Rooms.Yahoo Messenger's installation process automatically installs an extra uniform resource identifier (URI) scheme handler for the Yahoo!Messenger Protocol into some web browsers, so that URIs beginning can open a new Yahoo Messenger window with specified parameters.The British intelligence agency Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ)'s secret mass surveillance program Optic Nerve and National Security Agency (NSA) are reported to be indiscriminately collecting still images from Yahoo webcam streams from millions of mostly innocent Yahoo webcam users, among other things creating a database for facial recognition for future use.Optic Nerve takes a still image from the webcam stream every 5 minutes.
Music Radio plug-in from within the messenger window. It had been designed to exploit the new design elements of Vista's Windows Presentation Foundation and introduced a new user interface and features.
The animated GIF feature integrates with Tumblr, owned by Yahoo! Messenger adds a like button to messages and media. The story prompted several advertisers, including Pepsi and Georgia-Pacific, to pull their ads from Yahoo.
It is basic in functionality, adding a heart when clicked and listing contacts who added a like. Messenger allows messages to be unsent, deleting them from both the sender and the receiver's messaging page. quoting "This will enable us to refocus our efforts on modernizing our core Yahoo products experiences and of course, create new ones." Until the chat rooms became unavailable on December 14, 2012, all versions of Yahoo! Yahoo has since closed down the chat.site (which is now a redirect to a section of the Yahoo!
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.