Yahoo! today released their latest version (v7.0) of Messenger.
I had tried out the beta version during the release and gave them a lot of feedback through their feedback form. Maybe they don’t read their forms, or maybe they didn’t like what I wrote, because I didn’t find anything incorporated in the future betas or this final version.
Yes, you may ask why should they listen to me!?!
The answer is simple because I didn’t ask them to put anything new, but asked them to just keep the old :O
Two main reasons why I didn’t like this release:
1. Text recall feature. Pressing the up and down arrow keys used to recall the previously typed text both in the IM windows as well as the chat room. This was significantly missing in v7
2. Voice Auto-enables in Chat. This is one really really irritating “feature”. Whenever I get into a chat room voice chat is automatically enabled. Despite disabling it, once I change the room the voice gets renabled. What’s even worse is that it keeps throwing up a “Audio Mixer cannot be initialized”. I know I have my drivers installed and everything on my PC in perfect order. Besides, why is this the only application throwing up the error?
Lastly, I do not wish to use any of the voice features of Yahoo! for now and I do not have the option to disable voice.
3. It automatically launching my Mail client to send an email as opposed to letting me choose if I want to use my mail client or to use Yahoo! Mail
I do admit there are quite a few improvements / additions like the Spam Guard (though I don’t like it automatically adding spam ids to the block list).
I guess the main focus of this release has been the Voice call feature, however in the process other things have gotten sidelined. And sadly for me, since it keeps throwing up an error for the voice feature, I simply cannot even test it!
I have already written to Yahoo! Customer Care (their online Help site sucks)
I wrote to Yahoo! Customer Care (their online Help site sucks) and got a very vague reply telling me how I should go about enabling voice and with absolutely no reply to my query. However, their second reply was a little bit more informative and suggested that I should try something else or switch back to v6.0.
Chose the easy way out for now, viz. switched back to v6.0 and will continue to use it until I find a good change in the next release of Yahoo! Messenger.
And if I am forced to upgrade to the latest version (as many a times old versions get no longer supported), I will have no option but to shift to an alternate client like Trillian or Gaim.