Miami, FL–(HISPANIC PR WIRE)–August 15, 2007–Yahoo! Telemundo today introduced a new Web-based version of its leading instant messaging service. With no download required, Yahoo! Telemundo Messenger for the Web (http://yahootelemundo.com/messenger) gives users the freedom to instant message (IM) from anywhere — work offices, Internet cafés, schools, airports — from any Internet-enabled computer. The service is ideal for travelers on the move, office workers with firewall constraints, and people in countries where personal PCs are not readily accessible. Already available in English on Yahoo.com (for the general U.S. market), the new Web-based Messenger is now available in Spanish on Yahoo! Telemundo, Yahoo! Mexico, and Yahoo! Argentina, and will continue to roll-out internationally.
“Yahoo! Telemundo Messenger for the Web now gives all users – from professionals and travelers to students and Internet café visitors – access to instant messaging via the Web, with no downloads or browser requirements,” said Jose Rivera Font, general manager, Yahoo! Hispanic Americas. “Staying connected to friends and family is of great importance to U.S Hispanics and we are committed to providing these users with top-quality IM tools that combine convenience and ease of use – in their language of preference – to create an all-around rewarding and engaging online experience,” added Peter Blacker, senior vice president, digital media, Telemundo Network Group.
Yahoo! Telemundo Messenger for the Web is a light-weight service designed specifically for Web usage, and offers many of the connection and self-expression features that Yahoo! Telemundo Messenger users know and love. It also provides benefits that are not available with Yahoo! Telemundo Messenger’s desktop client software. With the new service, people are able to:
— Search archived IM conversations from any computer using Yahoo! Search technology*
— Communicate with friends who are using Yahoo! Messenger and Windows Live(TM) Messenger
— Organize all instant messages in tabs, rather than separate windows*
— Enhance self-expression with Avatars, display images or photos
— Make conversations come to life with emoticons, fonts and colors
— Customize presence settings and set stealth mode
— Access Web-based service from any Web browser including Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari and Opera*
— Use multiple operating systems including UNIX, Mac OS X, and Windows 2000 and up
* Feature not available with Yahoo! Messenger’s desktop client software.
Yahoo! Messenger for the Web is available in multiple languages including English, Spanish, Portuguese, Vietnamese and Traditional Chinese.
Yahoo! continues to improve Web experiences with real-time communications features. In February 2007, Yahoo! Mail was enhanced (http://ymailupdates.com/blog/archives/42) with Web-based IM capabilities using the Yahoo! Messenger for the Web platform. The company will continue to look for ways to integrate Yahoo! Messenger for the Web across Yahoo!’s leading services.
About Yahoo! Messenger
As one of the most popular instant messaging services on the Internet, Yahoo! Messenger (http://messenger.yahoo.com) makes it easier than ever for people to express themselves, interact and manage relationships with friends and family. Yahoo! Messenger has a unique and proven history of innovation in instant messaging as the first to offer Webcam functionality, the first to introduce an interactive and shared experience with IMVironments(R), and the first to introduce animated emoticons. Yahoo! Messenger continues to the lead the marketplace by integrating with leading Yahoo! services including games, music, photos and search, and providing the greatest choice for consumers to stay connected to one another through text IM, PC-based calling, e-mail, video and mobile text messaging.
About Yahoo! Telemundo
Yahoo! Telemundo (yahootelemundo.com) is a commercial venture between Telemundo Communications Group, Inc., a unit GE’s NBC Universal, and Yahoo! Inc. By bringing together Yahoo!’s leading technology, Internet tools and services with the online assets and original television content of Telemundo, Yahoo! Telemundo connects U.S. Hispanics to their passions, their communities and the world’s knowledge.