As the marriage between Windows Live Messenger and Yahoo! Messenger is quickly approaching, more details about the level of integration are leaking through. Here's what we can already disclose to you:
- You will only be able to exchange text messages, no files (so no Sharing Folders either), no Winks, no audio/video, etc.
- You will be able to check each others statuses, but "Away" still shows as "Online" in Yahoo! Messenger. Therefor, you have to set your status to "Busy" if you want to show as "Away" on the other end. Ah, the logic!
- Group conversations (ie. more than 2 participants) are not supported.
- You will not be able to verify the e-mail address of a Yahoo! contact, so make sure you add the right one.
As you can see the compatibility is strongly limited in this first stage. Especially the absence of file transfer and voice chat features, in this day and age, is a serious handicap that will not convince most active users to stick to just one of both programs. But at least "we're talking"!