Yahoo Messenger 7 Final Reviewed

After more than two months of beta testing, Yahoo! has finally released the version 7 of their popular instant messenger client Yahoo Messenger. .As I had already previewed the beta, I was eagerly waiting for the final release .. And I must say, I am not disappointed .. Most of the bugs are eliminated, and a lot of features are added .. So here it goes .. :

New features :

  • As Voice messaging heats up the IM battles, Yahoo has added the killer feature in YIM too … You can notice the change in the main window as its named as “Yahoo Messenger with Voice” .. A new button for Pc to Pc calling is added in the main window itself ..
    Making Pc to Pc Calls

  • PC to Pc calling is enabled for US version users and not in Indian version of YIM…
    Making Pc to Pc Calls
    The feature is very nicely integrated, You can make calls from your pc to your friends pc and talk over the net..
    Incoming Calls
    If the user isn’t able to return the call, you can leave a voice message which he can later receive and listen to …
    Missed Call
    Sending the voice message is as easy as pie …
    Sending Voice Message
    There is a new Voice Mail pop up too ..
    New Voice Mail
    The Archive now also support Voice Messages history too …
    Voice History
  • The next major feature is addition of Search in messenger windows .. There is a new feature called LiveWord which will highlight search words in conversation, and the user can perform the search on a click of a button .. Its more like Smart Tag feature in Microsoft Office .. Very cool addition … :
    LiveWord in Action
    Another search enhancement is S: keyword shortcut .. If you put s: yahoo messenger in the conversation window, the first result of the search will be automatically inserted in the conversation .. See the screenshot ..:
    Search Shortcut
  • And the third major feature is Photo Sharing, The users can now share images just by dragging them to the IM window .. Great feature this one too … !
    Photo Sharing
    The shared photos can be saved easily …
    Saving Photos
  • And now you can request and share contact info very easily from your friends ….
    Contact Details
    These details can be imported easily .. And the person who don’t use YIM, you can send them invite to use YIM …

Apart from these new features, many existing ones have been modified too ..

  • File Transfer has been now directly integrated in the IM window .. The interface is made much like MSN Messenger ..
    Waiting to accept file
    Sending File
    File Sent
    File transfer also support drag and drop …
  • You will also notice some new emoticons .. Existing emoticons have been given a new look …
    New Emoticons
  • Whenever an unknown user PMs you, you will be given chance to add him as a friend or Report as Spam .. These shortcuts will come very handy …
    User not in contacts
  • The Profile Popup is also made fine .. Earlier it wasn’t finding my Yahoo 360 page, but now it finds it alright ..
    Profile Popup
  • And with a new option to show tips in Messenger windows, YIM will show tips and tricks in conversations ..
    Show Tips option   
    Yahoo Messenger Tips

Apart from these, the features like Contacts Nicknames appearing in Conference and IM windows, Direct integration with Yahoo 360 are also present as they were in YIM 7 Beta version ….

Now I did found some bugs in this version too …
 When you click on Help in Preferences page, the link shown is outdated … Many features aren’t present at all in the help page ..
  The emoticons keep losing their animation at random times .. That is after some time the emoticons stop animating .. I didn’t found any specific reason for it ..
  The Idle time shown in the Conf list is buggy too .. I found that every user had the same idle time and it didn’t corresponded with the user’s activity ..
  The Invite To Conference dialog box is still the same .. It shows *all* the contacts in your list whether they are online or not .. They could’ve made some groups like “Online” and “Offline contacts” to differentiate between them …
  One of my fav program Hidden Emoticons for YIM doesn’t work anymore with this version 🙁 .. I hope the author will soon release a compatible version …
······And then there is no backward compatibility .. 🙁 .. You cant share files with users having older version of YIM .. The new emoticons aren’t visible to them ..

······Well .. Even with these “bugs” I am pretty satisfied with this version of YIM .. It eats lotsa resources when you record voice clips or play them .. But still its better than version 6 … And btw .. I found this new skins page wondering on Yahoo’s site .. So .. go to the download page and get yourself newest version of the best instant messenger around ..

You can download Yahoo Messenger from : (Direct Links)
US Version (International version, has PC to PC calling)
Indian Version (No PC to PC calling, has lots of Indian audibles though)

PS: I will update with more screenshots so better keep watching …

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