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Aug 29, 2009

New Messenger 10 Beta : Do more than just IM with Yahoo! Messenger 10 BETA : Enhanced Video Calling!

Yahoo Messenger is one of the most popular instant-messaging programs and it's easy to see why: a simple-to-use program supported by a massive online community, and it's all free.

All you have to do is get yourself a Yahoo ID (by signing up for one at the Yahoo UK website) and download a very small installation program.

The set-up procedure is slightly confusing, as you are presented with several different options and it's not always obvious which ones to choose. The offer of a free Yahoo email address, for example, may be appealing to some, but the set-up procedure also attempts to set your browser's homepage to Yahoo, which might annoy some users.

You have to make sure you remove the tick from the appropriate box if you don't want this to happen. Once installed, you'll find evidence of the program everywhere - your desktop, taskbar and quick launch bar will be littered with shortcuts and your web browser will have suddenly developed a whole new toolbar. These are all easily dealt with, but it feels a bit invasive.

The Messenger program itself works just like MSN, with the added bonus of enormous, thriving chat rooms where you can talk to fellow webcam users as well as your nearest and dearest.

The latest v10 preview ships with enhanced video calling as well as a built in media player that will enable you to watch web videos and view photographs with friends.

Note that this is free, but supported by adverts.

Enhanced video calling
Feel like you’re there with high-quality, full screen video and voice calling

Keep up with what your friends are doing
See your friends’ latest updates from Yahoo!, Flickr, Twitter and more with the new “Updates” view
Improved language support
Change your preferred language in Yahoo! Messenger with just a few clicks

System requirements: Microsoft Windows XP, Vista.

Other versions: Mac, Web, Mobile, iPhone

More Features

  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
Read More About Yahoo! Messenger 10 BETA and Download Now!