Latest version brings real-time conversations that make it fun and easy to share, connect and play online with those who matter most from anywhere in the world

Press Release:

MANILA, 4 January 2011Yahoo!, the premier digital media company, announced the launch of the latest Yahoo! Messenger version 11.5 that will enable users in the Philippines to keep up with their friends through real time updates, connect via voice and video calls, play social games and personalize using seven newly-added customizable skins.

Packed with new features, the latest version of Yahoo! Messenger allows users to merge their friends from social networking sites and lists regular contacts at the top for quick and easy access. Its tabbed feature effectively organizes important conversations and lets you chat with all your friends from one easy, convenient window and with over 70 social games including Mafia Wars, Fishville, Backyard Monsters, ourWorld and Township and iTunes app plug-in, users can now share their game activities and listen to music via this single platform.

Extending the experience beyond the PC to mobile devices such as feature phones and tablets, Yahoo! Messenger is “always on” offering immediate access to any recent conversation for users to stay connected anytime, anywhere and on any device.
A new campaign, “Pack all your friends in one chat” was introduced by Yahoo! as part of the launch where users were invited to photograph as many friends as possible within a confined space specified by Yahoo!, such as a car or a shower cubicle and send their photos to to win weekly prizes. These include gift vouchers, shopping certificates and travel gift tickets from Goldilocks, SM Malls, Globe Telecom and Airphil Express valued at up to PHP 80,000.

Commenting on the launch of Yahoo! Messenger 11.5, the Country Ambassador for Yahoo! Philippines, Arlene Amarante said, “With 11% of the population living and working abroad, Yahoo! Messenger remains critically important to Filipinos everywhere to stay connected and communicate with their friends and families at home and around the world”.
Amarante added, “With its enhanced video function, Yahoo! Messenger now enables video-chat phone-to-phone or phone-to-desktop and if you and your recipient own a smart phone you can download the Yahoo! Messenger app to connect and communicate for free.”
Yahoo! Messenger 11.5 also allows users to send free SMS messages right from your desktop to any mobile phone number on your contact list.

The latest version can be downloaded from For more details on the “Pack all your Friends” campaign, please visit

The new features for YM 11.5 are:

Tabbed IMs – One of the most highly sought after features! We heard you loud and clear that being able to effectively organize and manage your conversations is important. No more clutter or juggling – with tabbed IMs, you get to chat with all your friends from one easy and convenient window.

Improved Spam Management – We hate spam as much as you do, and our battle against it is an ongoing one. If you have been receiving invitations from random strangers, you can now ignore multiple add requests with a single click.

New Social Games – Level up on how you are keeping in touch with your friends and family. With over 70 exciting games such as Backyard Monsters, Township and ourWorld, Yahoo! Messenger lets you chat and play games with friends at the same time! Get your friends involved by sharing your game activities and play-status so that friends can join your game and you can join theirs.

Easy Access to Recent Contacts – You may have over a hundred Messenger friends, but most of us chat with only a handful - and usually the same handful - on a regular basis.  Your recent contacts now appear at the top of your contact list, so it’s quick and easy to reach out to your regular IM friends.

Smart Archiving – Looking up an old IM conversation has never been easier. Your chat history is now categorized by friends, with your most recent conversations showing up first. What’s more, your IM conversations can be retrieved from any PC or web browser where you have signed in to Yahoo! Messenger.

Snap and Share – Add more color to your chat conversations! In addition to photos, you can now take a quick snap shot of your computer screen and easily share it with your friends.
Quick Access to All Emoticons – Yahoo! Messenger has always had some hidden emoticons that weren’t available on the emoticon menu, which meant you had to memorize their shortcuts. Now you no longer have to rack your brain to remember the shortcut for the monkey emoticon (it’s :(|), for those keeping score). The emoticon menu gives you quick access to all the emoticons, and even remembers the ones you use most frequently!

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