In conjunction with CES this week, we are showing a preview of a new Windows Vista version of Yahoo! Messenger. This client was created from scratch to take advantage of Vista technologies, particularly the user interface and display. Because they started fresh, the team was not hindered by the existing design and was able to test some new concepts for personal interactions. Check out the site to see some screenshots and to watch a screencast given by Josh our product manager.
I’m sure the difficult part will come soon as the team decides how much of today’s Messenger client needs to be brought over to the Vista client as well. A lot of that functionality isn’t sexy, but is very popular with our users: chat, conferencing, stealth settings, etc.
Some initial reactions from: