Loaded with new features and six new localized languages, Yahoo!
Messenger now connects people across 25 international markets
SUNNYVALE, CA, Oct. 30 /CNW/ - Yahoo! Inc. today introduced a new beta
version of its leading instant messaging (IM) service with a new
friend-centric design and features such as an in-line media player, unlimited
file transfer, and personalization tools to help people grow their
friendships. The new Yahoo!(R) Messenger 9.0 (http://ca.messenger.yahoo.com)
is helping to connect people around the world by extending its reach and
launching in localized languages in six new markets including the Philippines,
Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, India (in Hindi), and Vietnam, expanding Yahoo!
Messenger to a total of 25 international markets.
"We've punched up Yahoo! Messenger to make keeping in touch with friends
and family even more fun, with features like the in-line media player that
helps people easily share their favourite videos, images and photos right in
the IM window," said Naomi Lipowski, head of communications products, Yahoo!
Canada. "Redesigned from the ground-up, Yahoo! Messenger puts friends front
and center by giving people the choice to stay connected wherever their
friends are using IM, voice, or SMS."
The new version of Yahoo! Messenger has been re-designed to better
connect users to their friends and family. Enhancements released with the beta
- Re-designed Friends List: New main window redesign with more vertical
real estate for friends (you can see the online presence indicator,
the display image, and the status in a glimpse) - and with just one-
click, users can connect immediately through instant messages, voice,
or text messages to mobile phones.
- In-line Media Player: Send URLs of images, videos, maps and more to
your friends and family. The linked content appears right in the
conversation for both users to see and share.
- Unlimited File Transfer: Safely send files, ultra-large and small,
directly from your IM conversation with unlimited file transfer and
automatic anti-virus scanning, as supported by Symantec Norton
- Call Forwarding: People can stay connected even when they are not at
their computers with the option to send calls from Yahoo! Messenger to
a mobile phone or landline as a voicemail. Additionally, voicemails
are now sent to any email account as MP3 file attachments.
- Creative Enhancements: People can now add their personal touch and
express their passions with seven new skin designs, allowing people to
change the colour of Yahoo! Messenger. Six new emoticons selected from
the July 2007 Emoticontest submissions will also be released including
"thumbs up," "thumbs down," and "rock on."
- Flickr Photo-Sharing: People can now share their Flickr photosets with
friends and family in real-time.
The beta of the new Yahoo! Messenger can be downloaded at
Yahoo! Messenger Around the World
In response to the rapid adoption of IM in Southeast Asia and India, the
new Yahoo! Messenger offers localized versions in six new markets:
Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, India (Hindi), and Vietnam.
"We've made it even easier for generations of families all over the world
to keep in touch and actively participate in each others' lives, using their
own native languages," said Lipowski.
With these additional markets, Yahoo! Messenger is available in 25
international markets including Argentina, Australia and New Zealand, Brazil,
Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Italy, Korea, Mexico,
Singapore, Spain, Taiwan, United Kingdom, and United States.
Delivering the Right Experience
Yahoo! Messenger is committed to providing the right experience for the
right person in the right situation. Yahoo! Messenger for the Web, launched in
May 2007, gives people the freedom to instant message (IM) from anywhere -
work offices, Internet cafés, schools, airports - from any Internet-enabled
computer. Since its launch, Yahoo! Messenger for the Web is now available in
22 international markets and continues to release feature enhancements.
- PC-to-Mobile Messaging: People can now send text messages (SMS) to
their friends' mobile phones (in India, Canada, and US) right from
Yahoo! Messenger for the Web. Additionally, the contact list
highlights contacts who are offline but who have mobile phone numbers,
making it easy to reach them via text messaging.
- New Localized Versions: People in Thailand and Indonesia now have the
option to instant message in their native tongue. Plus people in India
have the choice of nine new languages - Hindi, Marathi, Gujarati,
Bengali, Punjabi, Malayalam, Tamil, Telugu, and Kannada. After signing
in at http://in.webmessenger.yahoo.com, people can start an IM with a
friend and choose the Indian language they want to chat in from a
For more information, visit http://messenger.yahoo.com/webmessenger.php
About Yahoo! Messenger
As one of the most popular instant messaging services on the Internet
with 94.3 million users worldwide, Yahoo! Messenger
(http://messenger.yahoo.com) makes it easier than ever for people to express
themselves, interact and manage relationships with friends and family. The new
web-based Yahoo! Messenger for the Web enables consumers to connect with
friends and family from anywhere with an Internet connection - café, works,
airport - with no download required. Yahoo! Messenger has a unique and proven
history of innovation in instant messaging as the first to offer Webcam
functionality, the first to introduce an interactive and shared experience
with IMVironments(R), and the first to introduce animated emoticons. Yahoo!
Messenger continues to the lead the marketplace by integrating with leading
Yahoo! services including games, music, photos and search, and providing the
greatest choice for consumers to stay connected to one another through text
IM, PC-based calling, e-mail, video and mobile text messaging.
About Yahoo! Canada
Yahoo! Canada Co. is a leading Internet destination that provides online
products and services to meet the needs of Canadians and offers a range of
tools and marketing solutions for businesses to connect with Internet users.
Yahoo! Canada services Canadians in both English and in French through its
sites, www.yahoo.ca and www.yahoo.qc. Yahoo! Canada is headquartered in
For further information:
For further information: Clive Hobson, Director Public Relations, Yahoo!
Canada, (416) 848-6184, chobson@yahoo_inc.com; Julia Stein, Account Director,
Fleishman-Hillard, (416) 645-3683, firstname.lastname@example.org