Yahoo! opens IM to developers

As reported by TechCrunch:

Yahoo Messenger, with 60 million worldwide users, just got a lot more interesting. Today at 6pm PST Yahoo is launching Yahoo Messenger 8.0 for Windows PCs and releasing a software development kit to allow third parties to create content plugins that users can add to their Yahoo IM. Plugins can be built using javascript, flash, or both.

I’ve never been a big fan of Yahoo!’s Messenger, but this move to open source might be just the ticket to lure me (and the development community).

You can get the SDK at http://developer.yahoo.com/messenger.

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