Yahoo! Messenger release history

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The following is a history of all versions of Yahoo! Messenger on all platforms by Yahoo!, Inc.

Contents

Windows

There are many versions between those listed here and prior to last version listed here. These are "major releases". See one of several sites listed in external links to find other, older versions of the product.

Oldest version for which customer care support is available: 8.0 (as of April 2, 2007)

Oldest version that can log in (has not reached end of life): 8.0 (as of September 30, 2009)

Version Release date Notes
1.0 March 9, 1998
  • The first public version, released with the name "Yahoo! Pager". It included basic messaging support, a buddy list with status message support, the ability to block other users, alerts when a buddies came online, and notifications when a new Yahoo! Mail message arrived.[1]
3.0 August 17, 2000
3.5
4.0
4.1
5.0 November 2001
5.5 August 15, 2002
5.6
6.0 August 2004
6.1
7.0.0.426 August 8, 2005
  • Renamed to "Yahoo! Messenger with Voice"
  • Drag-and-drop photo sharing
  • Drag-and-drop file sharing
  • PC-to-PC calling
  • Voicemail
  • Ringtones
  • Yahoo! 360° integration
  • Pop-up Contact Cards
  • Spam Reporting
  • New tabs
  • New emoticons
  • Archive updates
  • LiveWords (Beta)
7.0.0.437 August 30, 2005
7.5 March 21, 2006
  • Added 'always-on' SWF advertisements
8.0.0.505 June 20, 2006
  • Plugins possible
8.0.0.508 July 13, 2006
  • Interoperability between Yahoo! and Windows Live Messenger contacts
8.0.0.701 August 10, 2006
  • The release date signifies the release of a beta version. This is not clearly documented on the Yahoo site.
8.0.0.716 September 15, 2006
8.1.0.195 October 24, 2006
  • Renamed to "Yahoo! Messenger"
  • Ability to check for updates from the help menu
8.1.0.209 December 4, 2006
8.1.0.239[3] January 19, 2007
  • Improvements in voice quality and sign-in, fixes for minor bugs with Windows Vista
8.1.0.244 March 14, 2007
8.1.0.249[4] March 28, 2007
  • Patches a security flaw
8.1.0.401 June 8, 2007
  • Fixes a vulnerability with the Webcam ActiveX control
8.1.0.402 June 15, 2007
  • Fixes a buffer overflow in an ActiveX control
8.1.0.413 July 17, 2007
8.1.0.416[5] August 22, 2007
  • Changes to voice library for better Vista support. (Users can get voice in Windows Vista without using a proxy app anymore, provided they still install codec themselves)
  • Fix to two Cam exploits
8.1.0.419 August 29, 2007
  • Two more security patches
8.1.0.421 September 6, 2007
9.0.0.797 Beta[6] October 29, 2007
  • New beta release of Yahoo! Messenger. It provides an improved user interface.
  • Brand new skins and emoticons
  • Flickr integration in the photo sharing feature
  • New in-line media player
  • New features for voice calls
  • Unicode support for better international messaging.
9.0.0.907 Beta[7] November 7, 2007
  • Fixed issues with Windows Vista installation problem
  • Message formatting in the IM window
  • Compact list view enabled
9.0.0.922 Beta December 17, 2007
9.0.0.1389 Beta[8] May 27, 2008
  • Bigger emoticons
  • Games are back!
  • Status message improvements
  • New contact list format button
  • Import Contacts - new & improved
  • Voice in chat rooms for Vista users & faster Captcha process
  • Yahoo! Updates
9.0.0.1912 [9] September 19, 2008
  • Pingbox
  • New skins
  • Return of the (original) emoticons
  • Ignore list enhancements
  • Inline video & picture viewer
  • New emoticons inspired by our users
  • Import Contacts wizard
  • Yahoo! Updates
  • Call forwarding & new voicemail delivery
  • Yahoo! Games are back
  • Changes to the look and feel
9.0.0.2018 October 16, 2008
9.0.0.2034 [10][11] November 6, 2008
  • Implements several bug fixes that reduces the number of crashes that occur on Windows Vista.
9.0.0.2112[12] January 8, 2009
  • Various bug fixes to address sign-in issues that some users were experiencing.
  • Another fix for a Windows Vista crash that occurred due to a conflict between 9.0 and IOLO antivirus software.
  • A new location for the typing notification message. The typing notification now appears inline with the conversation.
  • Added text ads in the status bar of individual IM windows where the typing notification used to be.
  • A new version of the offline message window.
9.0.0.2123 January 24, 2009
  • Left aligned voice user's ID in Yahoo! Chat and conferences.
  • Fixed fading issue with voice user ID in Yahoo! Chat and conferences.
9.0.0.2128[13] February 4, 2009
  • Fix for the sign-in issues that have been affecting some users. If you were seeing an error code “81003005” when trying to sign in
9.0.0.2133 February 18, 2009
  • Test build for users still experiencing the sign-in issue which gives you error code “81003005” when trying to sign in.
9.0.0.2136[14] February 20, 2009
  • Includes fixes that should help those that were having problems installing 9.0.
  • Alleviates problems that may have been caused by software conflicts with anti-virus programs or add-ons like Speedbit Video Accelerator.
9.0.0.2152 March 18, 2009
9.0.0.2160 May 13, 2009
9.0.0.2161 May 22, 2009
  • Test build issued by Yahoo![citation needed]
  • The option to disable the IMVironments feature has been removed from preferences. This change has not been documented on Yahoo's website.
9.0.0.2162 May 26, 2009
10.0.0.331 Pre-Alpha
  • This build was leaked from Yahoo in June 2009.
10.0.0.525 Beta[15] August 24, 2009
  • High-quality video calls
  • New “Y! Updates” view of your contact list
  • All-new Yahoo! Insider
  • Change your language easily
  • New ways to sort your contacts
  • New icons in the IM window
10.0.0.542 Beta[16] September 29, 2009
  • Improvements in the webcam detection logic
  • Explanation for grayed-out video call button
  • Smoother handling of unanswered calls
  • Better explanation for downgraded video calls
  • Y! Updates star-like notifier no longer appears when user has disabled all update notifications
10.0.0.1102[17] November 12, 2009
  • Incorporates many bug fixes
  • Improved the overall stability of the product
  • High-quality video calls
  • New “Y! Updates” view of your contact list
  • Change your language easily

Mac

Version Release date Notes
2.5.3 [18] September 24, 2003
3.0 beta 1 (build 17006) June 28, 2006
  • New UI
  • Display Images
  • Avatars Support
  • Stealth Settings
  • Interoperability between Yahoo! and Windows Live Messenger contacts
  • YMSG14
Prior Releases Undocumented
3.0 beta 1 revision 2 (build 18274) July 13, 2006
  • Auto Reconnect
  • YMSG14 related bug fixes.
3.0 beta 2 (build 65474) [19] September 6, 2007
  • Tabbed IM windows
  • Chat rooms
  • Improved stability for webcam and file transfer
  • More emoticons
  • Message archiving
  • YMSG15
  • No voice calling
  • Fixed scrolling up issue when Safari 3/Webkit 522+ is installed.
3.0 beta 2 revision 2 (build 75170) [20] October 25, 2007
  • Improved stability and compatibility with Mac OS X Version 10.5 (Leopard)
  • Some small interface improvements, including a new Show/Hide Display Images button in the IM and chat room windows
  • Improved chat room layout, with the list of chatters in a left hand, scrollable panel with age/sex/location details available on hover (if the user is sharing his/her profile)
  • Contextual (right click) menu's added to chatroom adding support for finally viewing a persons cam who isn't on contact list who's in the room.
3.0 beta 2 revision 3 (build 78326) [21] November 21, 2007
  • Improved stability and compatibility with Mac OS X Version 10.5 (Leopard)
  • Crash Reporter now works under Leopard.
  • Improvements to the sign in process when behind a firewall.
  • Couple of crash bugs fixed.
3.0 beta 3 (build 98855) [22] March 25, 2008
3.0 beta 3 (build 126432) [22] August 28, 2008
3.0 Beta 4 (build 156957) February 10, 2009
  • File transfer,
  • Display images,
  • voice,
  • chat rooms,
  • stealth settings
  • webcam.
  • Added clearer messaging when receiving anonymous messages from your Pingbox
  • Added a preference to separately enable/disable archiving for chat room conversations.
  • When you report an IM as spam, it also adds the sender to your ignore list
  • Cancel automatic sign in when you’re launching Yahoo! Messenger for Mac
  • Various performance and memory bug fixes
  • Added a new message style called “Kobi lite”.[23]
3.0 Beta 5 (build 191946) [24] September 3, 2009
  • New features and many bug fixes to help enhance overall stability and performance
  • Yahoo! Insider is now available
  • “Report a Problem” feature
  • Other changes were made to ensure compatibility with Apple’s latest version of OS X, Snow Leopard.
3.0 Beta 6 (build 192773)[25] September 29, 2009
  • Fix for a sign-in issue

Other versions

Unix/Linux

The last public version of Yahoo! Messenger for Unix was released in September 2003, while an unofficial beta (v1.0.6) from a Yahoo! employee was released around the same time.

Yahoo! Messenger for Vista

It was been designed to exploit the new design elements of Vista's Windows Presentation Foundation and entitled a whole new user interface and features. It lacked some basic functions such as webcam support and Chat, and has since been discontinued.

Yahoo Web Messenger and Yahoo! Mail integration

Beginning in 2006, Yahoo made known its intention to provide a web interface for Yahoo! Messenger, culminating in the Gmail-like web archival and indexing of chat conversations through Yahoo! Mail. However, while Yahoo! Mail integrated much of the rudimentary features of Messenger beginning in 2007, Yahoo! did not succeed in integrating archival of chat conversations into Mail. Instead, a separate Adobe Flex-based web messenger was released in 2007 with archival of conversations which take place inside the web messenger itself. No option of syncing conversation archives between the desktop client and the web versions exist as of 2009.

References

  1. "Stay in Touch with Yahoo! Pager". Yahoo Inc. 1998. http://docs.yahoo.com/docs/pr/release158.html. Retrieved 2009-07-27. 
  2. "What are the system requirements?". Messenger 6.0 Help. Yahoo!. 2004. Archived from the original on 2004-08-11. http://web.archive.org/web/20040811022124/http://help.yahoo.com/help/us/messenger/win/tech/tech-05.html. 
  3. Yahoo! Messenger Blog » New Build & Free Voice Feature
  4. Yahoo! Messenger Blog » Security Update in Latest Version
  5. Yahoo! Messenger Blog » New version: 8.1.0.416 (with security update)
  6. Yahoo! Messenger Blog » New Yahoo! Messenger 9.0 Beta
  7. Yahoo! Messenger Blog » Update for Yahoo! Messenger 9.0 Beta
  8. Yahoo! Messenger Blog » New Release of Yahoo Messenger 9.0 Beta
  9. Yahoo! Messenger Blog » Bye bye Beta – Yahoo! Messenger 9.0 launches
  10. Yahoo! Messenger Blog » Updated 9.0 addresses Vista issues
  11. Yahoo Messenger online setup initialization file
  12. Yahoo! Messenger Blog » Updated version of 9.0 now available
  13. Yahoo! Messenger Blog » New 9.0 version: may fix sign-in issues
  14. Yahoo! Messenger Blog » Update for 9.0: installation fixes
  15. http://www.ymessengerblog.com/blog/2009/08/24/introducing-yahoo-messenger-10-beta/
  16. http://www.ymessengerblog.com/blog/2009/09/29/yahoo-messenger-10-update-video-bug-fixes/
  17. http://www.ymessengerblog.com/blog/2009/11/12/yahoo-messenger-10-final-version-now-available/
  18. [1]
  19. Yahoo! Messenger Blog » New Mac version: Beta 2
  20. Yahoo! Messenger Blog » New release of Mac 3.0 Beta 2
  21. Yahoo! Messenger Blog » New update for Messenger for Mac 3.0 Beta 2
  22. 22.0 22.1 VersionTracker
  23. http://www.ymessengerblog.com/blog/2009/02/09/mac-30-beta-4-now-available/
  24. Yahoo! Messenger Blog » Update to Yahoo! Messenger for Mac 3.0 Beta
  25. http://www.ymessengerblog.com/blog/2009/09/28/updated-mac-version-helps-with-sign-in-issues/
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