HiYo Brings Your Messenger to Life

by Karthik on June 21, 2008 · 27 comments


I’m sure all of you have had a chat online with your buddies via a IM client. I’m sure you must have realized that most of the IM clients are boring, and its not so fun to have a conversation in boring interfaces.

Well an addon for MSN Messenger called HiYo claims to bring back your chat sessions to life.

The Instant Messaging world needs a serious shaking. What we see around us is old school conventions forced into the hectic world of Instant Messaging, and it doesn’t work. Though Instant Messaging has been around for 10 years now, there is still so much more room for enhancing and enriching our conversations.

In a nutshell HiYo replaces the dull textual exchange we call ‘Instant Messaging’ into a frickin’ fun experience.

"HiYo is a free add-on for Windows Live Messenger, offering the best quality graphical content available on the net. HiYo offers a wide variety of Winks, Animations, Emoticons and Sounds that suit every mood, emotion and style. It upgrades the Instant Messaging experience making it a lot more fun and exciting than before. HiYo is very user friendly; everyone can easily browse and enjoy the content. HiYo also offers unique features such as interactive talking animations, automatically suggested content that interacts with your conversation, and slideshows of personal photos in the user’s display image within Messenger." 

I’ve tried out HiYo, and as far as I can tell, the experience of IM does get a lot more fun. I am sure it will be liked by a large pool of people who use IM regularly to communicate.’m not sure about the benefits of using HiYo regularly. For some people getting work done is more important, and IM is a time killer. Hiyo is not for those kind of people.

Here are a few screenshots of HiYo in action. Prepare yourselves to be surprised because I’m sure you haven’t seen such kind of interactivity in any other IM solution as yet.


Audibles_Menu Emoticons_Menu TextFX_Menu Winks_Menu

Looks cool and fun right? HiYo is highly addictive and I’m sure you might never want to end a conversation if you are using it.

Well let me pick out the gripes of using HiYo :

  • Works with Windows Live Messenger only. I’m not sure how many users use Live messenger, but I’m a long time fan of GTalk. So didn’t have many buddies to chat on Live Messenger+HiYo :( !
  • Other thing is that both you and the guy you are chatting with need to have HiYo installed. This is quite sad, since you need to get all your friends to install it to be able to enjoy the HiYo experience.
  • Eats up memory pretty fast.

Apart from these HiYo is a rocking, fun product to use. I hope they are considering releasing compatible versions that work well with GTalk and Yahoo Messenger.

HiYo is made by the guys behind Incredimail which happens to be another popular email client.

If you are Live Messenger user, then HiYo is a must have tool for you, if you want to make your conversations more fun and interesting.

If you have any other questions about HiYo head over to their FAQ, or download it right away.

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{ 27 comments… read them below or add one }

V1 June 21, 2008 at 11:35 am

seems like fun, if your 12


Pallab June 21, 2008 at 1:24 pm

I dont use WLM. But yeah, I would have to agree with V1. This does seem over the top. I am not sure it would be very useful once the novelty wears of.


UnknownOne June 21, 2008 at 3:33 pm

Dang I’m just having continous laughs with my mate…
This is one hell of a joke!


Thanks bro!


Karthik Kastury June 21, 2008 at 8:25 pm

@V1, Pallab, yeah to most of us tech geeks this might look like a complete waste of time or a software for kids.

But trust me a lot of friends I know have loved this software.. definitely IM ain’t the same for everyone.


NickI June 21, 2008 at 10:16 pm

looks neat.

No wlm for me though!


Wyldstallyns2589 June 22, 2008 at 4:50 am

i LOVE my boring interface of Pidgin, it is one of the reasons i switched to it.


LNX1 June 22, 2008 at 6:06 pm

Yeah, I agree with Karthik Kastury. Moreover, some things that innitialy appear childish turn out to be quite addictive and useful evern for grownups


FireFox June 23, 2008 at 3:09 am

I don’t really like these ‘agresive’ add ons. I really don’t like it when somebody pushes these wacko graphics to me in MSN :)
I like Pidgin to actually. Just plain simple dullness.


FireFox June 23, 2008 at 3:36 am

Seems that the FireFox news really got more visitors going here:) Keep up the pace so these people will stay reading this! (I know your having exams ;) )


pedro garcia June 25, 2008 at 3:25 am

mandenme mensajes de hiyo nuevos


evelyn adams July 9, 2008 at 3:13 am

I received HiYo when I first downloaded it to MSN Live Messenger. It will NOT stay downloaded. I love it! I have re-downloaded several times but it will not stay there.


Max September 21, 2008 at 10:56 am

Problem is with Hiyo at the Moment..you cant find new content for it..they don’t even offer content updates on their own site! Anybody know where to find Hiyo extra content?


markita.sharese December 7, 2008 at 10:58 am

i tell u if u don’t have this on your messenger get it ! i love it it makes me just play with it all day !


katarina kukoljac December 15, 2008 at 12:39 am

my best friend is mila


lillie kelly December 17, 2008 at 11:36 pm

I’ve tried at least 25 times to download HIYO and it never finishes. I even downloaded Incredimail but no go. Can you help? Thanks, Lillie


sara February 4, 2009 at 11:04 pm

hiyo it’s really bad i’ve just install it and where are my letters now-they’re gone . i was writting to my friends now and i couldn’t see nothing from my letters . sara


isam February 5, 2009 at 12:19 am

give me hiyo


malaina alleyne February 17, 2009 at 6:11 am

Please notify me every hour


delphine March 9, 2009 at 12:22 am

well i have ran into a problem with hiyo. i can’t seem to work out the bugs , it won’t start after it is downloaded. i have tried repeatly to get help from incredimail and my pleas have on death ears.

so there far i have nothing nice to say about them !!!!


Brenda K White March 19, 2009 at 12:10 am

I’m trying to download Hi Yo but it said I had to upgrade my messenger. I’m just learning how to really use the pc and I’m not sure what I have to do to upgrade. I Thank You for any help you can give me. I’m looking forward to seeing what’s new.


Brenda K. White



wow_gurraone_@hotmail.com April 24, 2009 at 9:43 pm

hi hiyo own


Donna May 16, 2009 at 5:29 pm

give the hiyo to meeeeeeee


Pauliegirl124 November 10, 2010 at 8:51 pm

I just downloaded hiyo and well I don't know where to find it to use it, help, shouldn't it be on my homepage,or on my EMail page


Sunil November 25, 2010 at 3:31 pm

its easy to use pauliegirl. Just click on hiyo on ur screen , the option will be there and u select it


Betty November 25, 2010 at 3:34 pm

For all the users , i would lilke to say , its very simple to download and use. Just check the latest audibles. The fresh ones are sooooooooooooo beautiful.


Bettycoopers November 25, 2010 at 3:35 pm

I want to tll all the users that its very simple and easy to use. Check out the latest sexy audibles also , they are mind blowing .


pianoforall March 26, 2011 at 4:05 am

A really well written and researched article. I loved it from beginning to end. I had to come back to it a few times. Thanks for the great read and so well done.


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