Yahoo Relaunches Yahoo Messenger With Redesign, New Features

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Yahoo just announced a new version of Yahoo Messenger, which features a complete redesign of the platform across iOS, Android, and the web as well as within Yahoo Mail.

"The new Yahoo Messenger provides a super fast, beautiful and smart way to send messages, photos and animated GIFS in 1:1 and group conversations," a spokesperson for Yahoo tells WebProNews.

The new Messenger lets users search for and send GIFs from the app (powered by Tumblr), share as many as hundreds of photos in a message, instantly, and in high resolution. This is powered by Flickr's photo platform, and photos are displayed in a horizontal scrolling carousel.

Users can also "like" photos, messages, or GIFs that are shared.

Another helpful feature is that you can take messages, photos, or GIFs back even after they've been sent. Good for "late night" messaging.

“We’re excited to introduce the next generation of Yahoo Messenger. It has long been one of our core products but it was time to redesign the product from the ground up and reinvest in one of the most important products in our history as a company,” said Jeff Bonforte, senior vice president of communication products and engineering at Yahoo. “The messaging space has grown dramatically, yet people ultimately want a fast and easy way to communicate with each other. The new Yahoo Messenger was designed first and foremost to meet those needs. This is just the beginning of what’s to come.”

The new Yahoo Messenger is available globally starting today. It's in the process of rolling out. For now, it's just in English, but will expand to additional languages soon.

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