Yahoo! Upgrades Messenger
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The upgrade offers voice chat capability, tighter integration with Yahoo!'s (YHOO) online tools and services, and the ability to join online conversations with others who are browsing the same content and information.
Users with microphones, speakers and sound enabled computers can simply initiate a hands-free voice chat with another Yahoo! Messenger user, just as if they were talking on a phone, free of charge. Its most useful new aspect may be that users browsing Yahoo! content can now communicate in real-time with others who are interested in the same information using a new online conversations feature. This feature is initially available to people accessing articles on Yahoo! News.
The new version also features calendar and auctions tabs for convenience.
Two weeks ago, Yahoo bundled its instant messaging and e-mail services on Palm computing's handhelds, a play to expand onto non-PC devices.
The juggernaut's latest product roll-out comes at a time when the market for instant mobile messaging supremacy is en fuego. On Feb. 28, America Online Inc. (AOL) introduced its Mobile Messenger, a wireless version of its e-mail and Instant Messenger products. Just a few days later, CMGI's (CMGI) entertainment start-up iCast complained that AOL is holding AIM too close by refusing to allow interoperability with rivals.