The company is still working on a way to allow users to create their own rooms while providing safeguards against abuse As of September 2016, Yahoo Messenger no longer offers webcam service on their computer application.
Yahoo's software previously allowed users with newer versions (8 through 10) to use webcams.
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.
Yahoo Messenger will support Hindi (on Android devices only), Chinese, French, German, Spanish and Indonesian. Messenger offers file sending capabilities to its users. Since the software's relaunch, only certain media files can be shared: photos, animated GIFs and videos. Chat was first launched on January 7, 1997, as it was confirmed to be a feature on the very first release of Yahoo! On March 9, 1998, the first public version of Yahoo! In June 2005, with no advance warning, Yahoo disabled users' ability to create their own chat rooms.
Yahoo Messenger also allows users to access Yahoo Chat Rooms.
As of December 14, 2012, all public chat rooms on Yahoo Messenger have been shut down as part of a series of features being changed/added/deleted.
It was also the first major IM client to feature BUZZing and music-status.
For instance, a web page might include a link like the following in its HTML source to open a window for sending a message to the YIM user exampleuser: ymsgr:sendim?