Microsoft and Yahoo! (MSFT-YHOO) merger and Google - Instant Messaging

Here we can see that worldwide MSN-Windows Live Messenger is taking a big lead, whereas Yahoo! Messenger is taking the lead in the U.S. Google is way behind. It’s time to take a closer look at IM.   Features compared: Instant Messaging Clients MSN-Windows Live Messenger* Yahoo! Messenger* Google Talk* Add your own emoticons yes […]

Here we can see that worldwide MSN-Windows Live Messenger is taking a big lead, whereas Yahoo! Messenger is taking the lead in the U.S. Google is way behind. It’s time to take a closer look at IM.

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Features compared:

Instant Messaging ClientsMSN-Windows Live Messenger*Yahoo! Messenger*Google Talk*
Add your own emoticonsyesnono
Video (webcam)yesyesno
Appear Offlineyesyesno
Status per contactnoyes, stealth online and offlineno
Leave Offline IMyesyesno
Blockyes, right click menu and from conversation windowyes, ignore list hidden in preferencesyes, right click menu
Personal Message**yesnono
Personalized Status**nostatus message with online or busy statuscustom message with online or busy status
Morefeaturesfeaturesfeatures

not taking into account beta versions
** a Personal Message is not directly tied to a status, a Personalized Status is

YahooStealthWith Windows Live Messenger you can talk to Yahoo! IM users and vice versa. One feature Windows Live Messenger users have been asking for for a long time is already available in Yahoo! Messenger, the ability to set your status per contact (be it limited to online/appear offline). Of course you can temporarily block contacts but that would also mean you can not talk to them as opposed to Yahoo! Messenger's Stealth feature:

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