Yahoo! Messenger app now available for iPhone
Posted by absorbation on Thu 09 Apr 2009 (19:02 GMT) (3669 views)
Mobile Messenger clients aren't a relatively new thing, people have been logging into them for years. That being said, many lack the most basic of features, and often only use simple interfaces. The iPhone, with its large screen and rich API has allowed a new generation of mobile apps: eBuddy, Meebo and now an official app form Yahoo! themselves. Below are a list of features:

  • Instant message: Send text messages back and forth with your friends, including emoticons and web links.
  • Photo sharing: Take a photo on your iPhone and send that, or grab one from your photo gallery to share.
  • Stealth settings: Sign in as invisible, or change your status to invisible once you're in the app.
  • Custom status message: Enter a custom status message for your friends to see. You can even include a web link with it.
  • Recent conversations archive: Under Messages, tap a contact and you'll see your most recent conversation. You can type in a message from there to start chatting again.
  • Special idle state: If you have to leave the app for whatever reason, like a call comes in or you click a link in an IM that takes you to Safari, the Yahoo! Messenger for iPhone app will keep you signed in but change your status to idle. That way you can continue to receive messages and provided you return to the app within ten minutes, pick up where you left off.
  • Additional settings: Tap the Settings icon to change the sort order of your contact list, or to show or hide offline contacts in your list.

View a video of the app in action
Source: Yahoo! Messenger blog
View a heap of screenshots of the app at LiveSino

New Yahoo! Messenger for Vista beta refresh
Posted by the andyman on Sat 12 Jul 2008 (12:30 GMT) (5024 views)
Looks like we missed this one last week so just a quick post to let you known that Yahoo! have released another small update to their new beta Vista-only, user-friendly, GUI-orientated messenger client.

There are lots of bug fixes and general enhancements as well as the main improvements:

Persistent text formatting
Now when you change your font, text size or color for your IM messages, we’ll save your settings between sessions. So if you like to IM in font size 14 using red letters in Arial Bold, we’ll remember!

Voice improvements
We updated the user interface for the voice feature to make the buttons more clear and added a new voice visualization called “Color Burst”. Plus there’s an updated incoming call notification that appears front and center when a call comes in.

No webcam yet, but we’re making that clear
A lot of our feedback has been from users asking for webcam support or users that look for the webcam feature but can’t find it in the product. Currently, we don’t have webcam support in Yahoo! Messenger for Vista but to shorten our users’ search for it, we added a webcam menu item. Those not in-the-know will get a message telling them that webcam support is coming soon.

Source: Yahoo! Messenger blog
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Further integration plans for Messenger? Doesn't look like it ...
Posted by absorbation on Sun 25 Nov 2007 (11:43 GMT) (2631 views)
Integration between multiple IM clients has become a big thing recently. Instant Messaging becomes a lot easier when you can talk to friends who all have different IM habits. Recently a presentation by Microsoft employee Andrew Jenks has raised attention to this issue again, this time hoping to expand Windows Live Messenger to integrate with more IM clients.

However Clive Jones, vice-president of Windows Live has responded to this news denying that any work like this is in development:

There was a presentation by one of the folks at Microsoft at Georgia Tech that talked a little bit about the future of Messenger. Can you talk a little bit about that? It mentioned some things like interoperability with AOL and Google as being in the works.

Jones: I think that the person works on my team, and they were quoted out of context. We obviously have some work that we're working on with Messenger in terms of the platform and the direction that we're headed, but the things that were quoted and said, they aren't on our roadmap in any kind of public way.

Where are things as far as interoperability with some of the other folks?

Jones: We have an agreement with Yahoo on interop, and that's about the extent of what we've done. I can't discuss things on other networks, but certainly we've had conversations with other folks. And the work that we've done on our contact interchange is just an example of the kinds of things that we’ll expect to do in the future.

I do think over time IM networks are going to interoperate. It's just challenging from a business perspective for everybody to agree to do that right now.

Looking at the statement, we can see Microsoft want to integrate across multiple platforms, but are restricted by the other companies working together.

Source: MsgAddict