Yahoo! Messenger to lose several features on December 14th

Yahoo! Messenger to lose several features on December 14th
One might say that Yahoo! is a company going through a transition. The company’s new CEO, Marissa Mayer, has a lot of challenges to address for the former king of the internet.

One of the nice features of Yahoo! Messenger was its interoperability with Windows Live. The instant messaging application also has the ability to handle calls (Yahoo! Voice Phone), video conferencing and group messaging.

All of those features are going away in just a couple weeks. Yahoo! announced that Messenger Public Chat Rooms will close. Yahoo! Messenger Pingbox, which is an integrated social network and blog tool will also go the way of the Dodo. Perhaps the biggest hit is the interoperability with Windows Live – on December 14th, Microsoft buddies will still appear in the user’s contact list, but messaging will not be possible.

Finally, Yahoo! Voice Phone In and Phone Out will be closed out on January 30, 2013. The service has a branded landline component as well, served by Jajah. Effective immediately, users will not be able to add funds to their accounts and current balances will be refunded. This service was effectively a competitor to Skype and Messenger-to-Messenger calls will still be possible, but it is pretty clear Yahoo! tipped its hat and is bowing out of that space.

If you use the Yahoo! Messenger app on Android or iOS, these feature cuts remove a bit of functionality. A couple features that appear to remain are free international SMS texts can be sent to cell phone users in the several countries around the world (US, Philippines, Vietnam, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Canada, Pakistan, Kuwait and Thailand), and Facebook support is still in place.

source: Yahoo! Messenger Blog

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15 Comments

1. nvrhde

Posts: 77; Member since: Nov 10, 2012

Yahoo ? Never heard of it

3. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

If the changes are indicative of how Ms. Mayer is going to lead a recovery of Yahoo!, it might be time to take a short position in Yahoo!.... There is a reason you never heard of it.

14. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

I think some of these things are a good move, since it allows them to refocus. Removing the Live Messenger support isn't good though, not sure what they were thinking of there.

2. sandu92

Posts: 1; Member since: Aug 02, 2012

I'm just sad to hear about not being able to chat with the Windows Live buddies. For the rest I never used the other features like Voice Phone or chatroom, so it won't make any difference to me.

4. MC1123

Posts: 1256; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

yahoo... boring... i use it before (6 years ago) but it was choppy! then discover skype! really awesome!! but you need to pay to make group calls...then discovered hangouts... then im happy with both of them!

12. MC1123

Posts: 1256; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

no, more than 6 years.. actually 8 years!

15. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

you dont need to pay for group calls. I do that all the time in skype without paying.

5. fsahin

Posts: 46; Member since: Mar 17, 2012

Who cares of Yahoo.

6. jove39

Posts: 2137; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Haven't used yahoo messenger from 10 yrs...chat rooms were my first online hangout.

7. techguy22

Posts: 227; Member since: Aug 09, 2012

yahoo messenger is full of scammer/spammer. kill it already. with fire!

8. JeffdaBeat unregistered

I haven't used Yahoo! Messenger in eons it feels like. When I was in college, everyone was on AOL Instant Messenger and now everyone is on Google Talk (for chatting, that is). I hope Yahoo! can make a comeback. First time I got on the internet was 1996 and Yahoo! was the first place we were told to go. Hell, it was the first place most people went. They've gotta figure out what they want to become before they can move forward...here's hoping they are in capable hands...

9. DigitalBoy05

Posts: 274; Member since: Jun 04, 2011

haha i remember the good ol days of AIM and Yahoo and asking "ASL?"

10. TechDork

Posts: 399; Member since: May 10, 2010

People still use Yahoo Messenger?

11. Reluctant_Human

Posts: 910; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

If I had heard of these features I might have actually used it.

13. pliskin1

Posts: 59; Member since: Oct 17, 2012

Well this sucks, as I use the yahoo messenger to chat with my friends on windows live. So basically their taking away the 1 reason I use their messenger service.

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