Yahoo Messenger for Vista

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Yahoo Messenger for Vista

Yahoo Messenger for VistaAccording to the Yahoo! Messenger blog, the Yahoo! Messenger for Vista has arrived - well at least the preview release anyway. Yahoo! Messenger for Vista, is built from the ground up for the Windows Vista operating system.

Since this is a preview version only (pre-beta) not everything is in here that you might expect to see that other versions of Yahoo! Messenger have. For instance, you won't have voice (VoIP), webcam, chat rooms, text messaging to mobile phones (SMS), IMVironments, Audibles, plug-ins, photo sharing (though you can send photos via file transfer) and conferencing.

Though they said they are diligently working on many of these features and 64-bit Vista support for their next releases.

So what's the list of goodies you do get with Vista? Well, take a gander at the list of features below. The 2gb file send is cool, but the real core is leveraging the graphic subsystem of Vista to make Yahoo! Messenger "pretty and all".

- Entirely new interface that harnesses the power of WPF, the graphics subsystem in Windows Vista
- 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 ;)
- Right-click anywhere at the top of the contact list to see the preferences menu

If you are already running Yahoo! Messenger 8.1 or 9.0 on your Vista PC, you can continue to use it -- there’s no need to uninstall. You can install Messenger for Vista to a different directory so you can launch one or the other depending on what you need. Download it here.

[via Yahoo! Messenger blog]

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