This afternoon we launched a public beta of Yahoo! Messenger for Mac 3.0. According to my information, our last Mac release was in September 2003, or almost 3 years ago! This release is basically an all-new client and should hopefully show that we’re back in the Mac business. I know there is a lot planned for this client, so we should keep the Mac support getting better with each release.
I’m on the lookout for interesting reviews of the new release. TechCrunch had this to say:
Its feature set is interesting, but it appears to lack two of the PC version’s most compelling qualities: VOIP and the growing library of plugins built on the recently released software development kit.
Those points are valid. This isn’t exactly a “catch-up” release, but the Mac client will inevitably be compared to the Windows client which has pushed a lot of innovative changes lately. But, I’m glad we released the beta now and hopefully subsequent releases will keep Mac users excited about it.