Well, what we have got here? A text-based assistant. While the companies head towards Digital Assistants – Yahoo has launched Captain, its text-based assistant.

Yahoo has had few bad years and the last time it was in news for a security breach. But the company keeps on producing something good and its latest product, called Captain, is actually rather neat.

A Free, Text-Based Personal Assistant

Captain is a free, text-based personal assistant. It’s not an app, so you don’t have to download anything. Instead, you just text “Hi” to 773-786 (U.S.-only) to make contact. Once you have accepted the terms, Captain will give all the instructions and help you get started.

Just text Hi to 773-786.

What Can Captain Actually Do?

A person can use Captain alone, or add members to his/her group. Captain can be used to create reminders for a person using it or other group members, and create lists to be shared with other group members. All accomplished using nothing but SMS text messages.

This all may sound old school but it has several advantages over an app. For one, using an “old” technology means even people without smartphones can use it and people don’t even have to worry for the internet access. It’s also free apart from standard text messaging rate.

Captain proves that Yahoo can still deliver something good. The company is currently in the middle of being acquired by Verizon, and yet it has still found the time to create a useful tool.