Yahoo integrates Yahoo Messenger with Yahoo Mail Beta

In Breaking News, IT, Misc, News, Tools, Yahoo on February 28, 2007 at 5:49 pm

Yahoo is in the process of releasing a killer feature on their Yahoo Mail (beta) platform, to integrate it’s ultra-famous Yahoo Messenger with Yahoo Mail. The way they are doing it makes it even neat. What that brings to user experience is that a single platform for both mail and messaging. Google tried that a while back but it wasn’t a huge hit with the users as Yahoo Messenger seems to still rule the instant messaging world.

I use Yahoo Messenger a lot and I love it. And then I use Yahoo Mail as well. So we are talking about 2 applications and so 2 windows on your precious Windows Taskbar real estate. With this integration you’ll be able to see the online status of your contacts from the Yahoo Mail and if they are online you can ping them to get them involved in a chat session. That will open up a new web tab within the Yahoo Mail window (this tab is not a browser tab, don’t get confused with that) and you can have a hierarchical view of the conversation. The neat thing about this whole thing is that you can convert the whole chat session into an email and have a record of what you said or embarrass your buddies, however you wanna’ do it.

This new service from Yahoo is not yet available to the whole public. The requirement is that you have to use their new Yahoo Mail Beta (not the traditional one) and keep your fingers crossed. If you see an online status icon next to your contacts name on the email then you are all set to chat within the context of Yahoo Mail.

Good luck.

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  1. I have been using Yahoo Mail Beta for some time now and just the other day got locked out for almost the entire day and when I did get back into my email it was back in the normal version with no mention of the beta anywhere…. I saw their update to the integration of messenger, but…. little skeptical right now.

  2. Tara –

    It seems like they are a bit slow in propagating this integration. They did an incredible job in making this happen but don’t know why they are slow in spreading it to the community.

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