New Yahoo Messenger Released

By Matthew Hicks  |  Posted 2004-05-24 Print this article Print

The latest version, in a public beta for a month, ties the IM client into more of Yahoo's portal services.

Yahoo on Monday released its newest version of Yahoo Messenger, which adds more ties into the companys portal services such as Internet radio, Web search and online address book. Yahoo Inc. last month released a beta version of what it is calling the "All-New Yahoo Messenger," which technically is Version 6.0. More than 1.5 million users have downloaded the preview version, Yahoo said. Yahoo gave its instant-messaging client a face-lift, redoing its look and feel and including new personalization options. For example, users can add their own photos to messages as well as avatars, which are graphical representations of people.
The new version integrates further into Yahoos other portal services. Users can listen to Yahoos LAUNCHcast Internet radio service directly from Yahoo Messenger and search the Web with Yahoo Search from within an IM conversation.
A Yahoo user also can access more features of their Yahoo Address Book within the IM client. Other new features in the new Yahoo Messenger include a series of multiplayer games, an improved stealth mode for hiding presence information and the addition of 32 "audibles"—animated expressions that can be added into a message to convey emotion. The new Yahoo Messenger is available for Windows as a free download. Check out eWEEK.coms Messaging & Collaboration Center at for more on IM and other collaboration technologies.

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Matthew Hicks As an online reporter for, Matt Hicks covers the fast-changing developments in Internet technologies. His coverage includes the growing field of Web conferencing software and services. With eight years as a business and technology journalist, Matt has gained insight into the market strategies of IT vendors as well as the needs of enterprise IT managers. He joined Ziff Davis in 1999 as a staff writer for the former Strategies section of eWEEK, where he wrote in-depth features about corporate strategies for e-business and enterprise software. In 2002, he moved to the News department at the magazine as a senior writer specializing in coverage of database software and enterprise networking. Later that year Matt started a yearlong fellowship in Washington, DC, after being awarded an American Political Science Association Congressional Fellowship for Journalist. As a fellow, he spent nine months working on policy issues, including technology policy, in for a Member of the U.S. House of Representatives. He rejoined Ziff Davis in August 2003 as a reporter dedicated to online coverage for Along with Web conferencing, he follows search engines, Web browsers, speech technology and the Internet domain-naming system.

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