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Written by Andy   
Friday, 14 July 2006
Yahoo! Messenger v8.0.0.505 betaYahoo!® Messenger version 8

Quite a few people are more than a little confused with version 8, the way in which it has been launched into the highly competive Instant Messenger market place seems, and feels, a tad rushed and it's left a few heads spinning, mine included.

On the 23 December 05 we saw the last version 7.0 (v7.0.2.120), the New Year brought with it the 7.5 betas and by 24 April 06 we were all dabbling with the first production release (v7.5.0.811) then on 21 June 06, along side Microsoft who released Windows Live™ Messenger out of beta, Yahoo! released it's first version 8 (8.0.0.505) in Beta.... it's been all go from then.

 

So what's new with version 8?
Yahoo and MSN shake handsthe long and the short of it, as of 13 July 06 Yahoo! and Microsoft decided to shake hands... and they do it so nicely :) We first heard about the impending interoperability on 12 October 2005 ( Yahoo! Press Release & Microsoft Press Release ) and we've all been waiting patiently ever since then last night some of us noticed a wee link appear at the top of the main window of our Yahoo! Messengers... we clicked... and a whole new world opened up for us. Shortly after both sides issued press releases ( Yahoo! Press Release & Microsoft Press Release ), it's still early days for both sides and most of our day to features aren't available but hopefully given a bit more time this will change. If you're interested in what does and doesn't work between Yahoo! Messenger and Windows Live Messenger then you read more here.

Plug-ins are another big leap for version 8... they are somewhat confusing to find, install and then locate but after you've done a few there will be no looking back, they add some really cool features to Yahoo! Messengers so are well worth exploring. We've had a good play with the plugin feature, you can see basic and install information in our article Yahoo! Messenger v8 Plug-ins, if you're struggling to locate plugins to download then you're not alone, check out our article Plug-ins... where?

Help, Support & Requirements
Yahoo! is providing excellent support documentation for version 8, so much better than I've ever seen them put out, and they've also updated the support documentation for previous versions as well... woohoo! I don't mean to poke holes in them but.. *blush*...there are still few things that are just too hard to locate... like the system requirements for v8.0...? More information can be found at our System Requirements page but the short version is as follows...

Microsoft Windows 98, Windows 2000, Windows ME, Windows XP, Windows Vista
Microsoft Internet Explorer version 6 or later
Pentium II 233 Mhz or better (500MHz recommended)
Minimum 64 M B RAM for Windows 98 and ME
Minimum 128 M B RAM for Windows 2000 and XP
Minimum 30 Mb disk space needed to install
Additional features such as Calling, Webcam, and Yahoo! Music, require:
Windows Media Player - 7 or higher or higher
Webcam - Messenger compatible
A microphone, sound card, and speakers or a headset
More information can be found at our here

Current Version...
Yahoo!® Messenger for Windows
8.1.0.421 (for Windows 98 / 2000 / ME / XP / Vista) released 7 September 07
Homepage: http://messenger.yahoo.com/
Direct Download Location: (if you have installer issues)
http://us.dl1.yimg.com/download.yahoo.com/dl/msgr8/us/ymsgr810_421_us.exe
see our thread Yahoo! Messenger v8.1.0.421 for more information and compatible utilites :)

Previous Versions...
Yahoo!® Messenger for Windows
8.1.0.419 (for Windows 98 / 2000 / ME / XP / Vista) released 29 August 07
Homepage: http://messenger.yahoo.com/
Direct Download Location: (if you have installer issues)
http://us.dl1.yimg.com/download.yahoo.com/dl/msgr8/us/ymsgr810_419_us.exe
8.1.0.416 (for Windows 98 / 2000 / ME / XP / Vista) released 22 August 07
Homepage: http://messenger.yahoo.com/
Direct Download Location: (if you have installer issues)
http://us.dl1.yimg.com/download.yahoo.com/dl/msgr8/us/ymsgr810_416_us.exe
8.1.0.415(for Windows 98 / 2000 / ME / XP / Vista) released 18 August 07
Homepage: http://messenger.yahoo.com/
Direct Download Location: (if you have installer issues)
http://us.dl1.yimg.com/download.yahoo.com/dl/msgr8/us/ymsgr810_415_us.exe
8.1.0.413 (for Windows 98 / 2000 / ME / XP / Vista) released 18 July 07
Homepage: http://messenger.yahoo.com/
Direct Download Location: (if you have installer issues)
http://download.yahoo.com/ycs/msg/dl/msgr8/us/ymsgr810_413_us.exe
see our thread Yahoo! Messenger v8.1.0.413 for more information and compatible utilites :)
8.1.0.402 (for Windows 98 / 2000 / ME / XP / Vista) released 15 June 07
Homepage: http://messenger.yahoo.com/
Direct Download Location: (if you have installer issues)
http://download.yahoo.com/ycs/msg/dl/msgr8/us/ymsgr810_402_us.exe
see our thread Yahoo Messenger v8.1.0.401 & v8.1.0.402 for more information and compatible utilites :)
8.1.0.401(for Windows 98 / 2000 / ME / XP / Vista) released 9 June 07
This version is a security update, see Yahoo! Messenger Blog Security Update for more information :)
Homepage: http://messenger.yahoo.com/
Direct Download Location: (if you have installer issues)
http://download.yahoo.com/ycs/msg/dl/msgr8/us/ymsgr810_401_us.exe
8.1.0.249 (for Windows 98 / 2000 / ME / XP / Vista) released 28 March 07
Homepage: http://messenger.yahoo.com/
Direct Download Location: (if you have installer issues)
http://download.yahoo.com/dl/msgr8/us/ymsgr810_249_us.exe
8.1.0.244 (for Windows 98 / 2000 / ME / XP / Vista) released 2 March 07
Homepage: http://messenger.yahoo.com/
Direct Download Location: (if you have installer issues)
http://download.yahoo.com/dl/msgr8/us/ymsgr810_244_us.exe
8.1.0.239 (for Windows 98 / 2000 / ME / XP / Vista) released 19 January 07
Homepage: http://messenger.yahoo.com/
Direct Download Location: (if you have installer issues)
http://download.yahoo.com/dl/msgr8/us/ymsgr810_239_us.exe
8.1.0.209 (for Windows 98 / 2000 / ME / XP) released 30 November 06
Direct Download Location:
http://download.yahoo.com/dl/msgr8/us/ymsgr810_209_us.exe
8.1.0.195 (for Windows 98 / 2000 / ME / XP) released 24 October 06
Direct Download Location:
http://download.yahoo.com/dl/msgr8/us/ymsgr810_195_us.exe
8.0.0.716 (for Windows 98 / 2000 / ME / XP) released 15 September 06
Direct Download Location:
http://download.yahoo.com/dl/msgr8/us/ymsgr800_716_us.exe
8.0.0.711 (for Windows 98 / 2000 / ME / XP) released 31 August 06
Direct Download Location:
http://download.yahoo.com/dl/msgr8/us/ymsgr800_711_us.exe
8.0.0.701 (for Windows 98 / 2000 / ME / XP) released 10 August 06
Direct Download Location:
http://download.yahoo.com/dl/msgr8/us/ymsgr800_701_us.exe
8.0.0.683 (for Windows 98 / 2000 / ME / XP) released 1 August 06
Direct Download Location:
http://download.yahoo.com/dl/msgr8/us/ymsgr800_683_us.exe
8.0.0.682 (for Windows 98 / 2000 / ME / XP) released 27 July 06
Direct Download Location:
http://download.yahoo.com/dl/msgr8/us/ymsgr800_682_us.exe
8.0.0.508 BETA (for Windows 98 / 2000 / ME / XP) released 5 July 06
Direct Download Location:
http://download.yahoo.com/dl/msgr8/us/ymsgr800_508_us.exe
8.0.0.506 BETA released 20 June 06*
direct download location http://download.yahoo.com/dl/msgr8/us/ymsgr800_506_us.exe
8.0.0.505 BETA released 18 June 06*
direct download location http://download.yahoo.com/dl/msgr8/us/ymsgr800_505_us.exe
* Dates taken from installed YahooMessenger.exe files

Yahoo!® Messenger General Links:
Homepage: http://messenger.yahoo.com/
Yahoo! Messenger Version 8 Help & Support: http://help.yahoo.com/l/us/yahoo/messenger/messenger8/index.html
Yahoo! Messenger Plug-in SDK: http://developer.yahoo.com/messenger/
Plug-in Gallery: http://us.gallery.yahoo.com/

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 07 November 2007 )
 

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