Yahoo! Messenger 6.0 through 7.5 Retirement Postponed, but You Still Need to Upgrade
Article by George Norman
On 12 Aug 2009
If somehow you managed to elude Yahoo!'s automated upgrade request, or if the company’s announcement that it will retire version 6.0 through 7.5 of its instant messaging client (IM) also eluded you and you are still using these outdated versions of Yahoo! Messenger, then there is something that you should know. The software will be retired this September – not this August as Yahoo! originally announced, but it will be retired nonetheless.

Senior Product Manager with Yahoo!, Sarah Bacon, explains: "A couple of months ago, we told you that we would be retiring Yahoo! Messenger versions 6.0 through 7.5 this August. Well, you have a bit more time as we have pushed this out until early September. This means that if you are currently using a version of Yahoo! Messenger that is below 8.0, you will no longer be able to sign in and use it after the retirement date in early September.”

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I would advise you to install the latest version of the IM client, mainly Yahoo! Messenger 9. It comes with a host of useful new features, including inline player support for several webpages: YouTube, Trilulilu.ro, 5min.com, collegehumor.com, facebook.com (public videos only), funnyordie.com, hulu.com, en.netlog.com, qik.com, thewb.com, twitpic.com, viddler.com, vimeo.com. Upgrading to Yahoo! Messenger 9 is consistent with your current IM experience; I am assuming of course that you have grown accustomed to using a desktop client and you will want to continue using one in the future, as opposed to switching to a web based experience.

You can access Yahoo! Messenger even if you do not have the software installed on your machine. As a matter of fact, there are several web-based options at you disposal. First of all there’s Yahoo! Messenger for the Web, which you can easily access from your browser (keep it open if you want to remain connected). Then there’s the built-in Yahoo! Messenger feature in Yahoo! Mail. Last but not least, Yahoo! Messenger is an integral part of the brand new Yahoo! homepage (still in Beta).

If you do decide to install Yahoo! Messenger 9 on your system, there are some installation options that you need to be aware of (a detailed article on the topic is available here).

Yahoo! Messenger 9 is available for download straight from FindMySoft here.



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