Yahoo Launches Web Based Messenger

Following in the footsteps of IM rivals AOL and Microsoft, Yahoo on Thursday launched a Web-based version of its instant messaging client, which runs across platforms in IE, Firefox, Opera and Safari. Users can message their Yahoo and Windows Live contacts from a Web browser, as well as access chat history.

Yahoo Messenger for the Web includes a feature the downloadable versions does not yet have: a tabbed message window. Currently in beta, the service is available in English, Portuguese, Vietnamese and traditional Chinese. AOL has offered its own AIM Express on the Web since 2000, while both Microsoft and Google also offer browser-based versions of their IM clients.

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