Yahoo! Messenger for Vista discontinued
Posted by absorbation on Mon 27 Oct 2008 (21:32 GMT) (3342 views)
The Yahoo! Messenger specifically designed for Windows Vista using Microsoft's unique WPF engine met critical acclaim when it was introduced over a year ago. I loved it, it was just the update the IM market needed, and the ideal sort of program to benefit from Microsoft's new technology. So the news that the project has been cancelled is a big blow to any Yahoo! Messenger user:

As of today, Yahoo! Messenger for Vista will no longer be available for download from the Yahoo! Messenger website. We have discontinued stand-alone releases of the Yahoo! Messenger for Vista application in order to focus on delivering one Windows experience that is optimized for all Windows users.

This decision will help us increase efficiencies on our team and deliver one consistent, full-featured product for all of our Windows users. Our application was based on the Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) platform which we will continue to experiment with and invest in. The knowledge we gathered from developing Yahoo! Messenger for Vista will also help us improve future versions of our Windows software.

The comments of the post don't make easy reading, with the users clearly expressing they enjoyed the program while it was available. Moreover, what was the motive behind cancelling the project? The official word is so the development teams can join together, but any tech enthusiast would know that Yahoo! have just laid off a good proportion of their staff. Maybe Yahoo! Messenger for Vista was a consequence of Yahoo's suffering profits and the economic downturn (which has had a benefit for msgstuff profits actually).

Yahoo! Messenger blog: Yahoo! Messenger for Vista version is no longer available

Windows Live Messenger 9 won't contain FULL WPF after all
Posted by absorbation on Thu 21 Aug 2008 (18:40 GMT) (5607 views)
There has been confusion circulating the internet recently over WPF coming to Windows Live Messenger 9. Although this is true, it seems to be heavily misinterpreted. To put it simply, Windows Live Messenger 9 will not have FULL Windows Presentation Foundation by its first official release.

The news that it would do spread quickly, and with good reasons; it was positively received in Yahoo! Messenger for Vista and it would only make sense that Microsoft would mimic their own technology in a piece of software where it appeared natural to do so.

So why won't it be added? Well a source has said that full WPF will only come if it was probably implemented. Adding full WPF would require an entire re-code on the main structure of Messenger, something a piece of software that is so very visually based would take a significant development period to implement. Although full WPF hasn't been ruled out as coming to Windows Live Messenger, in order to make it to a high standard it would require more time and therefore will not come to version 9.

To sum up, full WPF won't be coming to Windows Live Messenger version 9, although some WPF effects will be present. This does not rule out it coming in the future: if anything it seems likely and, although nothing is confirmed, it has been strongly hinted at. If it ever did, it would be implemented well.

Some WPF effects will be present but they will not be fully utilised in Messenger, at least not for the next major release.

More information concerning WLM 9 WPF effects and leaked screenshots
Posted by RebelSean on Tue 12 Aug 2008 (15:49 GMT) (13750 views)
In addition to the screenshots that are being circulated around the internet showing the upcoming build of Windows Live Messenger 9.0, we have some information to update our readers regarding the overall design of the new version as well as a new feature we're going to be seeing. As we announced a few days ago, Windows Live Messenger 9.0 will use WPF effects. These effects have been confirmed to be limited in Milestone 1 (M1) of the new version, however in the coming months we will see a complete UI using WPF effects.

The screenshots that are being circulated at this time do not show the WPF features because the build being shown is M1. We can confirm that M2 has been released internally and is currently being tested by internal dogfood testers. By the time we enter beta phase (which should be less than a month away), we will see some nifty WPF features. So if you haven't made the transition to Windows Vista, now would be the time to because Messenger is not the only thing we're going to see taking advantage of Vista only technology. Wave 3 of Windows Live is going to be the best wave we've seen, so keep checking back for more information!

Oh, and if you don't have a Microsoft Zune, we'd highly suggest you get one because there's been some awesome new features added to Windows Live Messenger that will make your Zune experience 10x better. One feature we've been told we're going to see in the next build of Windows Live Messenger is complete synchronization with your display status and your Zune Social status.

As always we've more to come. Check back with Messenger Stuff frequently for the latest information on Windows Live Messenger 9.0 and subscribe to our RSS feed for more exclusive news as we get it (or are allowed to publish it!).

Windows Live Messenger 9 WILL use WPF effects!
Posted by the andyman on Wed 06 Aug 2008 (22:13 GMT) (295075 views)
You may have already heard that, along with the rest of Windows Live wave 3, the next version of Windows Live Messenger (version 9.0) will have a new user interface.

After being tipped off by an unaffiliated yet trustworthy source who naturally doesn't want to be identified, Messenger Stuff can now reveal that the new interface will use the graphics effects available through WPF [Windows Presentation Foundation] where supported (i.e. with a decent graphics card and .NET 3.0 framework installed).

To put it simply, this finally means that we will see transparency effects in the various windows of the program, possibly similar to those already seen in Yahoo! Messenger for Vista. My bad, looks like I misunderstood the information from my source and everyone else took it out of context! We are led to believe that the actual design has not changed much but the WPF effects have been integrated well in what is bound to be a popular new addition.

In other version 9 news, the Messenger team as with nearly everyone else inside Microsoft are still keeping their cards close to their chest. Whilst we do know about the knew interface and that they have moved on from a milestone 1 build to a beta 2 build (seemingly counting this an an alpha build, not beta 1), we do not yet know as much about the new features.

Presumably some, if not all, of the new features will be different to those in the aforementioned alpha version if they are not being publicly disclosed. Also, since all the other Windows Live software and services seem to be getting better integration with one another Messenger might get more integration as well, including with the mysterious "Groups" and "People".

Yahoo! Messenger for Windows Vista released as public beta
Posted by absorbation on Thu 06 Dec 2007 (22:40 GMT) (159859 views)
Yahoo! Messenger for Windows Vista has been in development for way over a year now. It was officially announced last January and today a public beta has been released to the public. Its features include:

  • Organize your conversations into tabs, or drag and drop a tab out to create a new window
  • Keep up with your favorite contacts by dragging them into the Windows Sidebar gadget
  • Send enhanced emoticons that have some extra oomph
  • Change the color of your IM windows with a built-in skin chooser. Go crazy with a different skin for every IM window!
  • Adjust the display size of your contacts with a handy slider
  • Arrange your contact list into multiple columns just by resizing your window
  • Send instant messages to your Yahoo! and Windows Live Messenger contacts
  • Send files to friends as large as 2 GB
  • Find contacts quickly with the contact search bar. Type in a few letters of the contact's name or ID and they'll come up in filtered results.
  • As-you-type spell checker that's smart enough to know that 'LOL' is not something to correct
  • A preferences menu you can access by right-clicking anywhere at the top of the main Messenger window

Yahoo! Messenger for Vista has its flaws. There are a lot of bugs and everything seems very basic at the moment. However, I can see a lot of potential and the idea totally re-designing the software should be on the table for Windows Live Messenger. I can see the completed product being very popular. You can view a video of Yahoo! Messenger for Windows Vista in action below:

Source: Yahoo! Messenger development blog
View some screenshots of Yahoo! Messenger for Windows Vista
Visit the official website