Update : The most recent version of Yahoo Messenger can be downloaded from the official website.
The most recent update includes several stability improvements, security fixes, and an option to customize the recent contacts listing.
Yahoo Messenger is available for desktop operating systems such as Windows and mobile operating systems Android or iOS.
Update November 29. 2011: The first version of Yahoo Messenger 11.5 was released. It offers several new features, including tabbed instant messages, better spam management, smart archiving, a snap and share feature, additional games, and easy access to recent contacts.
Update November 16, 2010: Yahoo has just made available a first beta version of the upcoming Yahoo Messenger 11. The instant messenger is a popular choice among Internet users, and it may increase that popularity thanks to the new features introduced in the messenger. Probably the biggest chance is the addition of several Zynga games. Zynga? Yes, the company that has created some immensely popular Facebook games such as Mafia Wars or Farmville.
Yahoo Messenger 11 will offer users some games created by Zynga (not Farmville it seems) and games by other companies so that you can spend even more time using the Instant Messenger, is not that great?
Internet users who want to install Yahoo Messenger 11 should switch from Typical Install to custom Install. Why? Because typical install does not offer to say nay to the Yahoo! Toolbar that gets installed alongside the instant messenger. That is of course unless they want the Yahoo Toolbar and Yahoo BrowserPlus installed on their PCs.
Yahoo! Toolbar - See if your friends are online and change your online status right from your browser. Plus enjoy anytime access to Yahoo! Search and your favorite Yahoo! sites.
Yahoo! BrowserPlus - An add-on for your web browser that makes it easier to send attachments, upload photos and take advantage of other cool features in Yahoo! Mail, Flickr and other Yahoo! services.
Yahoo Messenger 11 will also make yahoo.com the default browser home page and install Yahoo! Search Protection which alerts the user when anyone tries to change the browser's default search engine. Make sure you remove the options if you do not want some or all of those features.
So what is new in Yahoo Messenger 11? We have already mentioned games.Another new feature is the ability to chat with Facebook friends right from the messenger. Facebook integration goes even further by allowing the user to share and update the status, post comments and keep up with conversations across Facebook and Yahoo from within Yahoo Messenger 11.
Yahoo Messenger 11 is available as a beta release for the Windows operating system. Users can download it directly from Yahoo's Messenger homepage.
Direct (offline) Downloads
Yahoo is only making available so-called web installers. If you want to download offline versions of Yahoo Messenger, use the following link to do so:
Yahoo Messenger 11.5 English
Yahoo Messenger 10 Download (2010/03/03)
Yahoo has released Yahoo Messenger 10, the latest installment of their popular instant messenger. The Yahoo Messenger 10 download is offered not only for Windows operating systems such as Windows 7 or Windows Vista but also for Apple Macintosh, mobile devices like the iPhone and as a web application that requires no download at all.
Several features have been added or improved in the latest Yahoo instant messenger including support for high-quality, full screen video and voice calling, a new updates feature that lists what friends are doing on Twitter, Last.fm, Yahoo, Flickr and other sites and services and improved language support to change the interface language of the messenger with just one click of the mouse button.
Yahoo has created a video that outlines the most important changes in Yahoo Messenger 10.
1. Instant message with one friend, or conference in a bunch
2. All-new Insider with Yahoo! Mail, news, weather, search and more
3. Easily find or invite friends from other services to come chat with you
4. Send text messages (SMS) to friends' mobile phones for free*
5. Make free PC-to-PC calls and PC-to-phone calls for as low as 1¢ a minute (plus free voicemail!)
6. Use the built-in media player to watch web videos and view photos with friends
7. Show your style with emoticons, Avatars, audibles and IMVironments
The Yahoo Messenger 10 Download is offered at the official website for all support operating systems and devices.
Update: Yahoo Messenger has been upgraded to version 11. the new version of the popular messaging program is also available at the official Messenger homepage. New features include a version for Apple's popular iPhone so that you can now chat with your contacts on your iPhone or when they are on their iPhone.
Yahoo Messenger 10 Download Part 2 (2009/11/14)
The Yahoo Messenger team has released the long awaited Yahoo Messenger 10 final. The popular instant messenger was previously only available in beta versions with many of them leaked and not officially released by Yahoo. The new Yahoo Messenger 10 can be downloaded directly from the Yahoo Messenger website where it is available for Microsoft Windows and Apple Macintosh, mobile devices, Apple's iPhone and as a web version that does not require installation at all.
Several new and improved features have been added to Yahoo Messenger 10. The following list contains some of these features. It has been directly taken from the blog post that announced the final version of Yahoo Messenger 10:
High-quality video calls
We’ve completely redesigned our 1:1 webcam feature (under the hood too). Now you can make a high-quality video call to a friend with synched audio, right in the IM window. Features include the ability to swap video windows, position the video windows side-by-side, mute the call or place it on hold. You can even go full-screen with your video call. To get started, click the new “Video Call” button in the IM window (your friend also needs to be on Yahoo! Messenger 10).
New “Y! Updates” view of your contact list
People are busy these days, doing all sorts of interesting things online. To help you keep up with your friends, we added an alternate view of your contact list that shows a real-time stream of their updates, including Messenger status message changes. If they’ve opted-in to share their updates via Yahoo!, you’ll be able to see what they’re saying on Twitter, reading on Yahoo! Buzz, listening to on last.fm, and more.
We also added additional features for how and when you see your friends’ updates. When a new update comes in, a “toast” alert will pop up in the lower right corner of your screen. If you want to disable these, go to Messenger > Preferences > Yahoo! Updates. You can turn alerts on and off and even update preferences by contact or by type of update.
Find more to chat about
Within the new “Yahoo! Updates” view, you’re sure to find more to talk about with your friends. To make it easy, we added a hover menu that lets you quickly IM a friend about their update. When you do, the update appears inline in the conversation window, so when you start your IM with “I can’t believe you like this song!”, your friend will know what you’re talking about. Note that your friend needs to also be on Yahoo! Messenger 10 to see the update inline.
Change your language easily
If you use the U.S. version but wish it could be in your local language, you’re in luck. When you start up Yahoo! Messenger 10, you’ll notice a new language menu on the sign-in screen. Choose from 16 different languages and the buttons, menus and various parts of the interface will change to that language. If you’re already signed in, you can also change your language under Messenger > Preferences > Language (you’ll have to restart Yahoo! Messenger for it to take effect).
The default Yahoo Messenger 10 download will download a so called web installer which is a small setup file that will try to download the remaining data from the Internet during installation. This requires an active Internet connection. Users who prefer a direct download can download the Yahoo Messenger 10 Windows offline installer here. It is either way recommended to do a custom installation in the instant messenger itself to avoid installing components like the Yahoo Toolbar to the computer system.
Yahoo Messenger 9 Beta (2007/10/30)
The beta version of Yahoo Messenger 9 has been released yesterday and can be downloaded from the official Yahoo Messenger Beta website. The new Instant Messenger supports Windows XP and Windows Vista only and should be more or less bug free. Changing to the new version is only advised if you know what you are doing, a backup of the settings would be advised as well.
The new Yahoo Messenger 9 introduces several new features that make the upgrade worthwhile. The whole software has a new look and feel with large avatar pictures of your contacts, new skins and emoticons. Flickr was integrated into the messenger making it possible to share pictures from your account with contacts or save pictures that have been send to you to your Flickr account.
The most useful option in my opinion could be the build in media viewer which displays links to photos, videos and the like in messenger.
Update: The latest version of Yahoo Messenger is version 11.5 at the time of writing. While it certainly looks more or less like version 9 of the client, you find many under the hood improvements and changes that you may want to know about.
It supports high quality full-screen video chat for instance, the ability to send text messages using SMS to friend's phones, and to make voip or PC to phone calles right from the messenger application.
Yahoo Messenger is now also available for Apple's iPhone, other mobile devices including Android and BlackBerry phones, for Windows and Mac operating systems, and as a web client.
The Yahoo Messenger web client has been integrated into Yahoo! Mail. All you have to do to access your messaging history and friends list is to sign in to Yahoo Mail to to do.
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