Incase you missed it, Yahoo released beta version 1 of their Yahoo Messenger 3 for the Mac. Overall, it’s an excellent leap forward.

Now, most reviews you might read about Yahoo Messenger Mac 3.0 Beta 1 will end up saying that Adium rocks and is superior in most ways. Were as I can’t deny that, I can stick to reviewing just Yahoo Messenger.

The old messenger was just that, old. It looked like it was built in the 90’s and it was simply lacking in most ways. The new messenger however brings style and usability back.

It’s new look and feel very much matches the Mac OS. It’s sleek, elegant and easy on the eyes. All graphics, except the smilies, are now polished and ready to go. Even the message windows now have a nice chat bubble look and feel.

The only new feature I see is Buzz, but that may have been there before. I’m also excited to see nothing but chat. No stocks, no ads, no distractions. It’s focused on chat, as an instant messenger should be.

The only real missing feature is tabs. I have a hard time using Yahoo Messenger without tabs. Three conversations going and in separate windows while you are working on multiple projects and reading email is just hard to do. I feel that I’m going to forget about someone or loose a window.

Overall the new Yahoo Messenger 3.0 Beta 1 is very cool and worth the checkout. It’s a great facelift and I have been using it often. However, if they really want to keep me using it, they need to add tabs. They also say integrated MSN chat is coming but I’d rather see integrated AOL chat.

Good job Yahoo and I’m glad to see that you haven’t forgotten about us Mac fans!!

Yahoo Messenger Mac 3 Beta 1