It’s Here! Introducing the New and Improved Yahoo Messenger Desktop App
Since we launched the new Yahoo Messenger at the end of last year, you’ve enjoyed an energized messaging experience built around groups. Our new platform provides you with a fast and easy way to send (and unsend) not only messages, but also photos and animated GIFs. Today, we’re delighted to announce that you can enjoy all of these features you’ve grown to know and love in our brand-new Yahoo Messenger desktop app for Windows and Mac.
Want to share photos from your latest vacation or simply spice up a message? Save precious time with our drag and drop feature to share multiple photos at once. Then, spread the love by “liking” any posts or images that stand out to you. If you’d rather reply with a GIF, you can easily search and send GIFs to your heart’s content. Pro tip: play GIF roulette and type /gif + any search term.
With Messenger’s desktop notifications, you can multitask at your computer without having to worry about missing an important message from family, friends, or coworkers again.
We are also introducing the unsend button – one of our most beloved Messenger features now on desktop. Sent that message too soon or caught a last-minute typo? Now you can take back a message, photo or GIF (yes, even after you’ve pressed send)! You can find out more about this exciting feature here.
The Yahoo Messenger desktop app is available for download today on Windows and Mac! Friendly reminder: If you’re using the old version of the Yahoo Messenger desktop app, don’t forget to update it by August 5 as the legacy Yahoo Messenger app will no longer function as we move forward! And if you have any questions while you’re transitioning to our new platform, simply head over to our help page.
If there’s one thing people don’t seem to get tired of, nowadays, is instant messaging. From consumer to business oriented apps, Internet companies rush to occupy this space ahead of their competitors.
Such is the case with Yahoo YHOO -0.26%, which released yesterday its new and improved desktop app, almost eight months after it launched the iOS and Android version.
It’s the first noteworthy move of the company after the $4.8 billion acquisition by Verizon, although of course it was in the making long before the deal was in the air.
“Our new platform provides you with a fast and easy way to send (and unsend) not only messages, but also photos and animated GIFs,” Austin Shoemaker, the company’s senior director of product management, wrote on Tumblr, “Want to share photos from your latest vacation or simply spice up a message? Save precious time with our drag and drop feature to share multiple photos at once. Then, spread the love by “liking” any posts or images that stand out to you.”
Absent-minded, frenetic, multitasking users will probably love the ‘unsend’ feature, which gives them a way to repair any damage caused by too much haste.
“Sent that message too soon or caught a last-minute typo? Now you can take back a message, photo or GIF (yes, even after you’ve pressed send), Shoemaker says.”
The unwanted – or no longer wanted – content will be removed for everyone in the conversation in real time, but pay attention: unsend doesn’t work with friends who are still using the old version of Yahoo Messenger. This soon won’t be too much of a problem, anyway, as Yahoo will no longer support the legacy platform as of August 5, 2016.
So, if you’re still using it, don’t forget to update in advance. Read more at http://www.forbes.com/sites/federicoguerrini/2016/07/28/revamped-yahoo-messenger-lands-on-windows-and-mac/#adf441c75f43