Yahoo has released a beta version of their messenger exclusively for Windows Vista with few native look & feel features today.
My first impression is "Cool". But It seriously lacks many features which are expected. It is no where near to the quality of Windows Live Messenger for sure. For some reason Yahoo could not deliver the full featured version in this build. Are they building this messenger right from the scratch?
I did a quick walk-through on UI…and Here it goes…
Startup : Looks a bit decent, but takes a while to start. Could be because of built in instrumentation reporting on Beta software.
Login Windows : Made sleek and smaller than non-vista version. Shows cool animation for logon process. Yahoo may replace that animation with classic smiley face expressions in future. (my wild guess :-))
Chat Windows : Not very impressive. This is not a fully powered chat windows (at least in this build). Very simple interface. Buzz option was added as a part of smilies collection (very confusing)
Coloured Windows : This is cool. A limited set of color tiles will be displayed to you in a carousal style. Grass is one of them and it’s odd.
Smiley Window: No new smilies for you. The only addition is "Buzz" smiley which has no UI but some action attached to it (looks Odd).
Adding a contact : Very Simple compared to the classic messenger. Very neat.
Display List: Mimics Vista’s explorer list style.
Preferences window has very few features…
Bottom Line…I am impressed but not excited.