Finally. WPF Yahoo! Messenger available for preview

Finally. WPF Yahoo! Messenger available for preview

Summary: I got an email tonight that I wasn't sure I was ever going to get. The Yahoo!

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Finally. WPF Yahoo! Messenger available for previewI got an email tonight that I wasn't sure I was ever going to get. The Yahoo! team has finally released a preview of their Yahoo! Messenger for Vista which is built on Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF). First of all, kudos to the team. Screenshots of this application always looked fantastic and as far as messaging applications go, I think it blows every other app out of the water. There are those of you who will say "listen, all I want to do is send text back and forth, I don't care about UX". That's fine, but if you're running Vista, download messenger and tell me if you feel the same way.

Yahoo MessengerOne thing I thought was interesting is that despite using WPF, which can run on XP, this is exclusively for Vista. It wouldn't let me download and install it on my XP machine in VMWare. That said, the new version just feels like a native Vista application and all that entails including richness, transparencies, and very powerful reflow features. The new version of Y!M also provides a great deal of customization. You can quickly and easily create your own rich experience in any window. The feature list has items that are good, but not quite revolutionary including spell checker, very quick search (great for multiple contacts) and being able to transfer large files. Those are all good, but they aren't why I like the new messenger so much.

Conversations are meant to be personal and human. Being able to quickly chat is great, and the built in Gtalk for Gmail is a good example of a quick and dirty IM client. But the new Yahoo! Messenger re-humanizes IM conversations. It provides a rich experience around instant messaging that makes it feel more personal and more engaging. You're supposed to have that emotional attachment when you talk to someone and it's the little transitions, flow, and animations that help restore that humanity. I know it sounds cheesy, but this application brings a lot of the human element back to chatting for me because of it's user experience. That's part of what RIAs are all about: more natural experiences through user interface.

Topics: Windows, Browser, Collaboration, Microsoft, Operating Systems, Software, Social Enterprise

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  • It was alright

    Look it worked fine for me. I did not figure out how to get my launch cast radio on it though.

    but i must emphasize, It was wise decision not to put loads of features in this preview. The important thing should be that it would not crash. It did not crash on me and seems to work just fine and that was what i was looking for.

    If it does what it does well for the few features it supports, then people will download and on wpf foundation it would be easier to introduce sexier GUIs.

    XP thing: I believe they did not let you install with XP because XP does not have a side bar that yahoo messenger gadget can sit on. On Top of that I think they were fearfull of bundling a .NET 3.0 install with the yahoo messenger.
    (WPF is part of .NET 3.0 redistributable)
    ericsami
  • RE: Finally. WPF Yahoo! Messenger available for preview

    Looks great. But if WPF runs on XP why didnt they make a version for XP as well?

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