It’s that time of year where we’re inundated with “year in review” stories. So I thought I’d follow suit here on the blog and take a look back at 2007, the busiest year on record for Yahoo! Messenger.
New & improved
2007 was a year of “new & improved” for Messenger. Our classic Yahoo! Messenger for Windows version reached its pre-adolescent age of 9.0, complete with a facelift and slick video sharing features. Even our Mac OSX users felt the love this year with a couple of updates to Yahoo! Messenger for Mac 3.0 (hello chat rooms!). And let’s not forget the Yahoo! Messenger for Vista preview which after a year-long wait, was a welcome arrival.
Where can’t I IM from?
Thanks to the introduction of Yahoo! Messenger for the Web, now we have users all over the world signing in to IM from all kinds of different places. Whether you’re on the road, borrowing a friend’s PC, using My Yahoo! Beta, or even flying high on JetBlue, you can now IM and SMS your friends from any computer, no download required. Luke, Leia and Darth Vader even got in on the action with the Star Wars edition of Yahoo! Messenger for the Web.
Even if you’re away from a PC, IM is still within reach. A new version of Yahoo! Messenger for Mobile was released and Blackberry users can now enjoy what is easily the best mobile experience for Yahoo! Messenger.
“We love emoticons, they love emoticons, we need more emoticons” is like a playground chant around the Yahoo! Messenger office. 2007 was a great year for the little smiling guys. The emoticon turned 25 this year so it was appropriate that his anniversary resulted in the most emoting we’ve seen in a long while!
Thanks to our users and their creative ideas, we added some new ones in Yahoo! Messenger 9.0. We also saw advances in the way emoticons are presented in Yahoo! Messenger. Our web products infused flash to give our emoticons a little more sizzle with their delivery, and in the Star Wars version, we even have galactic battles taking place between emoticons! Yahoo! Messenger for Vista followed suit, offering a new emoticon menu that is truly interactive.
And what would emoticons be without a little fanaticism? These users know how to make the most of our little guys.
I could go on and on about the busy year we had, but thankfully we have the blog complete with search box to archive all of our 2007 happenings.
Happy New Year to all of our readers! We hope you’ve enjoyed some of the new products, features and fun we’ve brought to you in 2007. We hope you have a great 2008 that’s filled with lots of friends, laughter and good times – all over IM of course.
Sarah Bacon & The Yahoo! Messenger team