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Yahoo: Come back please, we’ve rebuilt Messenger

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Yahoo’s latest attempt to prove it’s still relevant may just win the company some new fans.

The once popular Yahoo Messenger fell into obscurity as the digital age picked up, but today it has been relaunched with some impressive features.

Designed with group messaging in mind, the new Messenger app is notable for relying entirely on the cloud to store your messages and send media.

Basically, this thing makes sharing a tonne of photos, GIFs, and other media really, really fast.

The underlying cloud technology is called Iris, and it allows you to share literally hundreds of photos at a time with anyone in your group chat.

We’re struggling to think of a time anyone ever had to share hundreds of photos, but this feature could certainly come in handy when you want to send more than the four or five JPEGs your email will allow you to attach.

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And because all media is simultaneously streamed from the user’s device to other users without the need to download, you can share photos and videos without eating up a load of memory on your internal storage.

It also means that you can scroll back through months and even years of messages without having to store it on your device.

What’s more, you can now recall any message immediately after sending it, great for those prone to drunk texting.

Yahoo is marketing the messenger as the ultimate group chat app, with a ‘like’ system that allows those in a group conversation to vote on particular suggestions with a single tap.

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You can also search for GIFs, taken from the Tumblr community, within the messenger itself and the company has promised there is ‘more to come’.

The new Yahoo Messenger is available globally now on iOS, Android, on the Web, and in Yahoo Mail on the desktop.

PGrGr

December 4, 2015, 12:01 pm

You're talking about it as if storing photos, or any assets, in the cloud, then sharing links to them rather than sharing the assets themselves, is somehow revolutionary. Am I missing something, or are we basically looking at a reproduction of the gmail/ google photos paradigm here, or, for that matter, any other cloud storage facility?

Shalinoth

August 30, 2016, 3:49 pm

Check Yahoo's official feedback forums and you'll find thousands upon thousands of negative comments, and not a single solitary positive one. They've removed contact lists, online status, stealth settings, and countless other features in favour of re-inventing The Cloud: https://forums.yahoo.net/t5/Me...

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