Windows Live Messenger 9.0 (2009) Wave 3 Beta made available earlier this month by Microsoft, Yahoo has released its own instant messaging client. Yahoo Messenger 9.0 is designed to integrate with the latest editions of the Windows client including Windows Vista Service Pack 1 and Windows XP Service Pack 3. Yahoo Messenger 9.0 brings a series of enhancements from a redesign of the graphical user interface to the Yahoo Messenger Pingbox.
But in addition to the Pingbox, Yahoo Messenger 9.0 also features three new skins (and a total of 12), the original emotions pack because of feedback from end users (now complete with new additions), the evolution of the ignore capability, as well as online video & picture viewer. In addition, the latest iteration of the Yahoo instant messaging client also delivers an import contact wizard (from Gmail, AOL, Hotmail, Orkut but also other services), games, and Yahoo updates.