Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Yahoo! Finally Updates Yahoo! Messenger For Mac

I think I've been using the same lame old version of Yahoo! Messenger for Mac since 2003. But now, Yahoo! has recently released Yahoo! Messenger for Mac 3.0 Beta 1. Yes, it's still in Beta, but I'm glad to know that Yahoo! hasn't completely written off Mac users. It's got an entirely new look which I find very nice. It looks alot like Safari with a steel-like design and feel to it. And I can finally use an avatar or a display image just like with Yahoo! Messenger for Windows. Also, the "buzz" sound is alot subtler now. The old one was just a little too annoying for me. But the main improvement I'd like to see with Yahoo! Messenger for Mac would be better interoperability with its Windows counterpart. And so far, this new version seems to disappoint. I'm able to send files easily to another Windows user, but I can't seem to receive files from their end. Also, I now seem to be unable to have a webcam chat a user on Yahoo! Messenger for Windows. With the previous version of Yahoo! Messenger for Mac, webcam chat was possible between a Mac and a Windows user, albeit the quality of the connection was horrible. But I certainly can't say for sure that this is the case for everyone else who's tried the new version. Perhaps others are having less problems than I am. But, as I've said, I'm still glad that they've finally updated, and I hope that the upcoming versions will improve. Check out messenger.yahoo.com for more details.
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