Yahoo Messenger 9.0 Beta Gets New Features
It’s been months since the first beta version of Yahoo Messenger 9 was released. Since then, improvements have been made and new feature are being added in every update. The latest version includes a few new features along with bug fixes, stability and speed improvements, plus some changes to the contact list.
One feature that I really lik is the Flickr and YouTube integration. Yes, now you can post videos while chatting in Yahoo Messenger. Hyperlinks are automatically converted into embedded videos. And Yahoo Messenger is one of the first products to showcase what your friends are doing on Yahoo!. When a friend buzzes a favorite news story or changes their Avatar, a Yahoo! Update is displayed next to that friend in your contact list. Other new features that I found on the official blog post are:
- Games are back!: Checkers, pool, toki toki boomÃ¢â‚¬Â¦you know the rest. Note that your friend needs to be on 8.1 or this latest release of 9.0 Beta to play games with you.
- Status message improvements: The status message menu has been split into two parts – one where you can indicate your availability (busy, available) and the other for putting in a custom message or a link you want to share.
- Yahoo! Updates: Yahoo! Messenger is one of the first products to showcase what your friends are doing on Yahoo!. When a friend buzzes a favorite news story or changes their Avatar, a Yahoo! Update is displayed next to that friend in your contact list (with more detail in their contact card).
- Import Contacts: Select Ã¢â‚¬Å“Import ContactsÃ¢â‚¬Â from the Contacts menu and you can add friends from address books you have on other sites like Gmail, Orkut, Yahoo! Address Book, Hotmail, AOL and many more. WeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll pull in your contacts and make it easy for you to start talking with them on Yahoo! Messenger.
- Voice in chat rooms for Vista users & faster Captcha process: We added a fix to this latest version of Yahoo! Messenger 9.0 Beta that allows Windows Vista users on 9.0 to use voice in chat rooms (and conferences).
- New IM notification toast: When a new message comes in to the background window, a small notification will pop up from the lower right corner of your screen with the beginning text of the IM your friend just sent.