Yahoo comes out with Messenger 9
Yahoo Messenger 9.0 became available on for Windows XP - a week after Yahoo's target launch date and interestingly, a week after Microsoft released its beta update of Windows Live Messenger. Yahoo Messenger 9.0 introduces some eye caching improvements over version 8.1 that will satisfy yahoo messenger's users.
Some better features are a redesigned interface with more skins, more space, and the excellent ability to see scaled public images and videos in the chat window.
A bolder, more spread-out display graces Yahoo Messenger 9.0, complete with larger avatar thumbnails and room to read a contact's status message. Also Yahoo now updates your status with your recent activity on Yahoo's Buzz, Avatars, 360.
Importing contacts by bulk from a wide array of services is another big feature that makes in Yahoo Messenger 9.0. The importer, operated by TrueSwitch, scours your other IM, e-mail, and social networking accounts including Gmail and Facebook for friends that are also signed up on Yahoo IM. It will send requests to your friends to add you to their Messenger accounts, and you will also have the option to invite other people as well.
Yahoo Messenger's contact search bar finds friends quickly by checking your IM list and your address book. In another similarity, It's status field supports emoticons and links. Finally, Yahoo Messenger 9.0 highlights power users with an icon of a medal or crown placed next to their name (your choice) and rewards them with more avatar accessories and priority customer care.
The biggest difference in chat window over version 8.1 is also good, a feature that embeds scaled maps, images, video players, and public photos when you or a friend drops in a link ending in .jpg, .gif, .png, or .bmp.
Being able to comment on photos and watch YouTube videos without leaving the IM window is a best feature, which no other instant messaging client currently offers. Being able to reference your IM window when you are chatting about a photo or video is more useful overall.
If you are a lover of emoticons, new messenger 9.0 adds six new expressions to version 8.1's gallery. Although we also prefer the traditional smiley faces, as long as Yahoo has that gallery of larger images on hand, the emoticons' display size is to be the user's choice. The behavior of Yahoo Messenger's IM window otherwise remains the same.