July 8, 2008 on 10:30 am | In 9.0 version, Features | Add a Comment
If you’ve downloaded the latest Yahoo! Messenger 9.0 Beta, you’ve probably already discovered the new status message menu. We made a few changes to let you more easily share what you’re up to, what you’re into or what you’re thinking with your friends.
One of the problems we wanted to address was being able to show you’re available or busy but still be able to share something with your friends like a website, video or funny thought. With this new status menu, you can indicate whether you’re busy or available and separately, provide a status message and even link to something interesting. Here’s how it works…
To the right of your display image or avatar is your availability setting. Just click on your name to change your availability to busy, available or invisible to everyone.
Right below that menu is a white box where you can type in a status message. This is a great place to tell people what you’re doing (out to lunch), what you’re thinking (Is it Friday yet?) or ask those important questions (Why can’t dogs talk?). Think of it like your own billboard to your Yahoo! Messenger friends.
When you click to enter a status message, another box appears below that’s labeled “also link to a webpage”. This is an additional area where you can enter a web link. So if you’re counting the minutes to the weekend, you might have a status that says “Already on vacation” that links to a site about your destination, like http://www.disneyland.com. Your status can then be seen and clicked on by your friends.
The status menu will store your five most recent messages. Unfortunately there’s no way to clear out a message or keep one permanently; as you create new ones, they will replace the older ones.
We hope the new status message menu in Yahoo! Messenger 9.0 Beta will give you more fun ways to tell your friends what you’re up to. If you’d like to confirm what your status message looks like to your friends, just add yourself to your own contact list to have a peek. Got a great idea for a fun status message? Leave it in a comment here on the blog.
And if you have feedback about this new status message menu or other feature in Yahoo! Messenger 9.0 Beta, please stop by our feedback form to let us know.
P.S. – With 9.0 Beta, you can also include emoticons in your status messages. Visit this page for a list of the emoticons you can use.
July 2, 2008 on 4:16 pm | In Vista version | 83 Comments
Today we’re releasing a refresh of Yahoo! Messenger for Vista. For this refresh we focused most of our time on bug and crash fixes and added a few enhancements to make the user interface more intuitive. Here’s what you’ll find in this latest version (22.214.171.1246):
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!
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.
Download Yahoo! Messenger for Vista
As always, we welcome your feedback on Yahoo! Messenger for Vista. We are thrilled with the amount of feedback we receive. It’s extremely helpful in identifying bugs, nagging issues and other performance problems that we then fix in future releases. So once you’ve downloaded and tried this latest version, be sure to stop by and let us know what you like and don’t like. Feedback form
Speaking of feedback, please also be sure to report any Windows Vista crash errors that you encounter when using the product. You know the window we’re talking about – the one that asks you if you want to send information about the crash or just end now. Every time you report from that window, it sends us valuable (but completely anonymous) information about what happened.
And if you haven’t already, please join our Yahoo! Messenger for Vista group. It’s free and you’ll get first notice of new releases, plus be notified of any special announcements about the product.
Thanks for trying out the latest refresh for Yahoo! Messenger for Vista. We look forward to receiving your feedback!
Senior Product Manager, Yahoo! Messenger