Congratulations to the Yahoo! Messenger web team for releasing an incredible web-based Flex messenger application.
This application has to be one of the most creatively stunning and innovative Flash Platform apps I have ever seen developed and released for such a large audience. It is an incredible fusion of branding, design and function. Where it lacks in spreading its wings as a full-blown Flex app, it makes up with some very inventive ways to make chatting work very well and justify a logical migration to the web.
I’ve been saying this for a long time, but with their hundreds of millions of users, anything launched with Flex or Flash by Yahoo! instantly becomes one of the most used apps out there. To boldly do it with this level of style is really impressive.
Now that Flash Player 9 has reached the 84% (and better) impression rate, I hope we see some other BIG NAME apps follow Messenger’s direction. Speaking of directions…
View the Web Messenger >> http://webmessenger.yahoo.com/
Other coverage >> Techcrunch: “Yahoo Launches Browser Version of Messenger”
*Thanks to Zach Graves for letting me screen capture my first Flex 2/Messenger, web-based chat session!