Yahoo Finally Unveils Its Showcase Vista App

They say late is better than never. But is late worth the wait? That's the question for Yahoo, which late last night released a preview of its instant messenger client for Windows Vista. The wait has been a long one. Yahoo showed off the IM client back in January during the Consumer Electronics Show. Yahoo's belated IM client taps into Windows Vista technologies, including WPF (Windows Presentation Foundation). Yahoo Messenger for Vista is a real showcase of WPF capabilities. The visuals are stunning, with elements resizing and repositioning smoothly and beautifully. Finally, from seeing Yahoo Messenger for Vista in action, I can see some of the vector-based benefits promised for the operating system.

End users can drag and drop conversations to consolidate them into single views or even place buddy windows onto the Vista Sidebar, to keep watch over conversations. End users also can drag-and-drop files up to 2GB and send them via IM. The IM client is a preview, and it's not feature complete. I downloaded the software around 11:15 pm EST last night. There are definitely rough edges and not as many features as I had hoped for. But the visuals are slick for sure.

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Looking at the screenshots from TFA, it looks pretty, but there seems to be some real abuse of screen real-estate, and it looks a little featureless

I wonder how fast this is on your average machine. I completely begrudge how much memory and processor time the likes of WLM usees and yet it's STILL painfully slow on a system that can run bioshock with ease.

I don't see any option to enable webcam or voice chat. Anyone find it??? :blink:

Also changing the contact icon sizes changes the vista icons under windows explorer for me.

should we call this "achievement"? I mean wow. Vista been out for about a year now and even manufacturers released some nice drivers. It takes that long to release a glossy eye-candy IM?

Glad I dont use Yahoo

It completely lacks a lot of features including chats, voice chat, webcams, p2p calling, photoshare, etc. not to mention a whole lot of options, like setting of the default message font.

If it took Yahoo one year to release something so basic and not feature rich, I have to wonder if they'll even release a "final" version before Windows 7 is out. I know it's a preview release, but I was expecting more... way more. After all, they've had nearly a year to produce some razzle dazzle. This version does NOT impress me one bit.

The program overall is pretty cool, but once you get into the menus it becomes extremely sluggish and slow. I submitted feedback about this and another bug I found, so hopefully they fix it. The bug I found is when you right click on the contact list to get to the context menu, when you hover over Conversations, the sub-menu gets stuck and doesn't go away. It doesn't do that under Contact Details. Kind of a weird bug though.

So far I like what I'm seeing. On Vista SP1, the performance is improved greatly, though it's still a little sluggish. I hope the performance will increase and more features are added, minus the plugins, when it's finalized.

Every official IM client just looks bad. Sure back on XP, there was a reason to use your own theming engine. The default theme was just bad. But vista tries to be more professional looking and all the official IM programs still look like a joke. With other programs that don't stay open all the time, its not a huge deal, but an IM program is basically always open. I'm not going to pretend that pidgin or miranda don't have their flaws, but at least they are functional and professional looking or can be made to be. (also ad/branding free) </end_rant>

Anyone who has done more than superficial WPF development knows how complex it can be and what the learning curve is. It's great that Yahoo has this much released, regardless of missing features that most people don't even use.

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