Yahoo’s new WPF messenger for Vista
December 13, 2007
Yahoo released their new version of the popular Y! messenger with an exclusive version built for Vista on WPF. This is currently only for preview. The UX is brilliant, and this app brings more of a human touch to conversations with smooth transitions and the likes.
The app however does not run on XP even if you have .NET 3.0 and the other jazz. But this looks and feels so much like a native Vista app, including the richness and the transparencies. This new version also provides a good deal of customization, with the usual laundry list of features. These two features were extremely useful
- The Vista gadget which comes along with this IM is very useful and enables you to drag and drop your favorite contacts on to your sidebar so that you can ping them from there itself.
- Being able to switch between different people that I’m chatting with in a single window.
But the bigger question is, ‘What do you think provides more value’ – a quick and dirty IM chat client like Gtalk (also built into your gmail) or an app like this which provides a great UX.
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Tags: , .NET 3.0, great IM UX, Instant messaging UX, vinodh nandakumar, vinodhn, WPF messenger, y! messenger vista, yahoo