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Yahoo Messenger is not dead and still living even with the appearance of Windows 8. Unlike Windows Live Messenger, users of which will soon have to migrate towards Skype, Microsoft’s new product for chat services. With more than 15 years in history, Yahoo Messenger remains one of the most used chat options across the entire world and is a direct competitor to the above mentioned Skype, Google Talk and other free messaging and chat software on Windows, Mac and mobile devices.
For those looking for an awesome touch experience (imagine using Yahoo Messenger with your fingers only), unfortunately, there’s no such application in the Windows Store. Or, shall we say, there’s YET no such application. So, you’ll have to use as a desktop software. One of the reasons to this is perhaps the fact that the Windows 8 adoption is still picking up.
You can download Yahoo Messenger for Windows 8 from the usual website, messenger.yahoo.com. If somehow the download isn’t working, this is the direct download link to the file - http://rd.software.yahoo.com/msgr/11/msgr11us.exe.
The “old” Yahoo Messenger in the new Windows 8
I have many friends that stopped using Yahoo Messenger and they think it’s an outdated product. Probably reason to that is the fact that they have Gmail accounts and they don’t need it anymore. But I have so many other friends that still use this product and in order to stay in touch with them, I don’t delete it. Of course, the membership has decreased drastically, with many users flocking to Skype or more likely, Facebook.
One of the great things that I like in Yahoo Messenger for Windows 8 and not only is that you can send files up to 2GB. After Skype retired the chess game (I still don’t understand why), I turned my eyes again towards Yahoo thanks to its Games feature. What I didn’t like when installing Yahoo Messenger was that it took quite a while, compared to other similar software and it installed the Yahoo! toolbar even if I instructed it not to do so!
An awesome feature is the full-screen video calling that indeed offers incredible picture and sound, but that obviously depends on your webcam and microphone. If you’ve been using Yahoo Messenger until now, then on Windows 8, the experience will remain exactly the same. The question remains, though – is this enough to keep you faithful to Yahoo?