Yahoo! Messenger Wins Best IM Client of 2009 Award

Article by George Norman (Cybersecurity Editor)

on 25 Mar 2009

The votes for the 2009 IM Awards are in, and it seems that Yahoo!’s popular instant messaging (IM) application, Yahoo! Messenger, is the big winner once again. This was the second year that put Yahoo! Messenger in the list of finalists, and thanks to the users (a total of 160,339 votes were cast) the Yahoo! team got the Best IM Client of the Year award.

It must be said that people all over the world had several categories to vote upon: best IM chat rooms, best 3rd party/independent IM, best overall IM experience, best Mac IM, most improved IM client, best IM feature, best IM (GUI) design and best IM developer(s) of the year. Product Manager with the Yahoo! Messenger team encouraged people to vote for Yahoo! more than once (here and here), and now that Yahoo! Messenger has been declared the winner of the competition, she made sure to thank all the voters out there.

“We did it! With the help of your votes, we retained our title and won several more categories in the 2009 IM Awards. We won the following awards: Best IM Client of the Year, Best Mac IM, Most Improved IM, Best Chat Rooms, Best Designed IM (GUI). Thanks to everyone who voted for us – we really appreciate it,” said Sarah Bacon.

And to top it all off, this month marks Yahoo!’s 14 birthday – details here. Here is a more detailed look at how people voted:

Best IM Client of the Year
1. Yahoo! Messenger 9 – 31160 votes
2. eBuddy – 18555 votes
3. Brosix 17691 votes

Best 3rd Party IM Client
1. eBuddy – 25371 votes
2. Digsby – 20419 votes
3. Brosix – 12344 votes

Best Mac IM
1. Yahoo! Messenger for Mac – 2193 votes
2. Adium – 324 votes
3. iChat – 174 votes

Most Improved IM
1. Yahoo! Messenger 9 – 6871 votes
2. Brosix – 5067 votes
3. Windows Live Messenger – 611 votes

Best IM Feature
1. Brosix Whiteboard – 4324 votes
2. Yahoo! Messenger Pingbox – 2584 votes
3. Emoticons – 440 votes

Best Chat Rooms
1. Yahoo! Chat- 887 votes
2. Facebook Chat – 201 votes
3. AIM Chat – 88 votes

Best Designed IM (GUI)
1. Yahoo Messenger 9.0 – 3489 votes
2. Google Talk – 245 votes
3. eBuddy – 144 votes

Developers of the Year
1. Brosix – 2172 votes
2. Digsby – 432 votes
3. Microsoft (Windows Live Messenger) – 396 votes

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