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Lion slips in Yahoo Messenger AV chat

updated 12:45 am EST, Sun February 27, 2011

Lion does Yahoo audio and video chat

Another finding late Saturday has shown Apple expanding iChat AV to Yahoo Messenger. Marck Unkow has found that users can now sign into Yahoo for both audio and video conversations, much as they could with AIM in the past. The client's only non-AIM support in the past had been for Jabber, which led to support for Google Talk, but only for text.

The expansion may be partly to reduce the dependence on Apple's frequent rival Google, but it also helps make iChat more of a de facto messaging app for most services. So far, the only major holdout to date is Windows Live. Microsoft allows use of Live in third-party apps such as Adium or aMSN but isn't known to have received attention from Apple.

Yahoo's search deal with Microsoft has allowed creating a shared connection between its IM and Windows Live, but support for contacts from Live through this method might not be guaranteed. [via AppleInsider]

by MacNN Staff



  1. facebook_Kevin

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    Joined: Feb 2011


    Gtalk A/V

    I use iChat for video conferencing all the time—with GoogleTalk. I'm using it with other iChat users, if that matters, but it is definitely possible to do A/V over the Gtalk protocol with iChat.

  1. EmmEff

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Is Yahoo! Messenger still relevant?

    Do people still use Yahoo! Messenger? Wouldn't adding MSN audio/video support have more significance?

  1. 010111

    Joined: Dec 1969



    "The client's only non-AIM support in the past had been for Jabber, which led to support for Google Talk, but only for text."

    i use iChat all the time with a private Jabber server and have never had a single issue when using audio or video (including multiple party) chats or screen-sharing chats with other iChat users on the same Jabber server.

    you should at least pretend to have a clue.

  1. Fast iBook

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Yahoo relevant.

    Yahoo messenger is the preferred means of communicating for millions of people, especially thosw who don't or can't use microsoft products.

    I personally use yahoo, msn messenger (why msft feels compelled to put "live" on everything is beyond me), ichat and AIM, often all at the same time. I like how each messenger application has its own way of doing things, vs complicating it by having it all in one.

    I also enjoy the yahoo smiley faces, they are hilarious and fun. :)

    - A

  1. facebook_Justin

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    Joined: Feb 2011


    comment title

    I'd rather have MSN support, who uses Yahoo?

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