Yahoo! Messenger to lose several features on December 14th
posted by Maxwell R. / Dec 02, 2012, 3:39 AM
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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Yahoo ? Never heard of it
posted on Dec 02, 2012, 3:48 AM 5
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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.
posted on Dec 02, 2012, 4:32 AM 2
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!
posted on Dec 02, 2012, 5:16 AM 4
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...
posted on Dec 02, 2012, 9:10 AM 1
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