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Yahoo! wants to know how long you want to wait for Yahoo! Messenger for Mac

Posted by Dr. Macenstein

Faithful Macenstein reader Phil has alerted us that Sarah Bacon, the product manager for Yahoo!’s IM app Messenger, is asking for users’ opinions on when to release the next Mac version of Messenger.

Apparently she thinks that Mac users have had so much fun waiting 6 months for the iPhone that we would like to patiently wait for everything.

There is a poll with 2 options presented.

1) Release it sooner without support for OS X 10.3 Panther (e.g. would only work on 10.4+ Tiger)

2) Wait a bit longer and include support for both 10.3 and 10.4.

Now, we don’t see why these have to be mutually exclusive. Why not release it now for Tiger, and work on adding Panther support later?

Anyway, being the up-to-date tech geeks WE are, we’re firmly throwing our vote behind option 1, and we suggest anyone else who paid money to upgrade to Tiger do the same. Think of it as an extra “feature” of Tiger, to help justify the upgrade cost.


20 Responses to “Yahoo! wants to know how long you want to wait for Yahoo! Messenger for Mac”
  1. cocoy says:

    leopard will be coming out in a few months..! if yahoo will release a tiger version, and most people upgrade… does it mean we’d have to wait until we ALL upgrade to 10.6 to get a 10.5 version for Yahoo Messenger?

  2. Anonymous says:

    I think it would be backwards compatible.

  3. Rowlings says:

    Tiger’s been out something like 2 years. If you haven’t upgraded by now, I think it is reasonable to expect there are some apps you will be shut out of.

  4. itom37 says:

    Why isn’t never an option? Who uses Yahoo?

  5. Joshua says:

    I think they’re operating under the assumption that we waited nearly five years for the (still much crippled) Messenger 3 beta for Mac.

  6. Joshua says:

    Though I suppose I shouldn’t complain. At least we’re not getting the same treatment from Yahoo as that latchkey kid, Linux.

  7. Lauri K says:

    “Apparently she thinks that Mac users have had so much fun waiting 6 months for the iPhone that we would like to patiently wait for everything.”

    Uh, she writes: “We know you want the new Mac version of Messenger asap”. Yo Doc, something wrong with your reading skills?

  8. No Lauri, I caught that.
    I think this just seems like a really silly question for them to ask. Obviously, anyone who likes Messenger and Has Tiger wants it now, and anyone running Panther would want to wait. It’s up to Yahoo to decide what they are supporting. Seems to me the smartest thing to do would be to get the quickest version out to the people now (Tiger), and then work on adding “legacy” support (Panther).

    Every day they wait is a day another day a couple Mac users get used to a different IM App.

    -The Doc

  9. Anamika says:

    Yahoo Messenger has no positives for me since it does not support audio chat. I use Adium to IM with my Yahoo buddies since it is compatible with all other IM apps as well.

    Also, most Mac users I know use iChat or Skype for audio conversation. So, Yahoo is far too late in this game.

  10. Rowlings says:

    Ha Ha, so you’re saying there should be a 3rd poll option for “Don’t bother”?

  11. Ducky says:

    How about the option, “We’ll work with the Adium team to make that the new Yahoo chat client?”

  12. bluedalmatian says:

    Not really bothered either way if it doesnt support audio & video chat

  13. dave says:

    Yeah, what Anamika said. No audio/video chat, what’s the point? Hell, I use Skype now over iChat because I keep having problems getting audio and video chats working through my router [and Apple’s error message is SO useful, Error #8, chat failed].

  14. john says:

    who cares? I use adium ( for Yahoo and MSN together (and it supports a load of other networks as well). Why bother with anything else?

  15. Gygy says:

    Adium? Who cares for Adium? It does not support audio/video, it’s 2007, hello? Yahoo Messenger *with*audio* would be great, as soon as possible. It’s already late. Please, don’t look back at 10.3, Leopard is coming, it’s time to upgrade anyway.

  16. Scott says:

    Wait, what’s Panther?

  17. who even uses yahoo’s messenger client anymore? 🙂 I don’t even have it installed, and anyone I know uses AIM at the very least, and maybe have other protocols too – but they all use AIM.

  18. Matthew says:

    3: I don’t care because I use Adium.


  19. CHO says:

    The logic behind that poll is ridiculous. Why the hell need Yahoo Messenger be exclusive to either of those two options? Release the Tiger compatible version now and release the Panther compatible one later. Yahoo Messenger has been in beta stage for ages. I wonder what’s up with their Mac development team. They should feel a little bit shamed for even asking the poll…*sigh*

  20. Aaron says:

    I just want them to hurry the f–k up! YM broke with Safari 3’s beta so I’m having to use YM crippled. Not good.

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