Yahoo Messenger loses important features starting December 14th

Yahoo has been in a transition period for quite some time trying to get back some of its market and mindshare, and that has occasionally meant cutting things off.

This time it’s Yahoo Messenger’s turn to get a feature trim, and the company has announced on their blog that the once popular messaging service will lose some important features starting December 14th.

First of all Yahoo Messenger will lose interoperability with Microsoft’s Live Messenger. Users will still see their Live friends online but they will not be able to send them messages or interact in any way. This is somewhat of a big deal as the interop was certainly an important feature.

Chat Rooms as well as Voice calls to landlines are also getting cut. Arguably nobody cares about chat rooms anymore, but the Call in and out features were definitely big ones and Yahoo’s answer in the fight with Skype. Users are no longer able to add credit to their accounts and they will get a refund for their remaining balance. Messenger-to-Messenger calls will still be available but it’s pretty clear Yahoo has conceded this fight.

And lastly and probably least important: Pingbox, an embeddable applet developed by Yahoo, will stop functioning after the 14th. Users that have this installed on their websites and blogs will have to disable and delete it.

For more info on the account refunds and how to disable Pingbox be sure to check the source link below. In the meantime let us know: were you YMessenger users or has everyone forgotten it ever existed?

Source: Yahoo Messenger Blog | Image via Yahoo

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I found messaging useful because it's free. Log in via wifi and chat with your pals instead of texting them. I don't use any data plans, just pay as you go. Cell phone data plans here are 50 bucks for unlimited. Way too expensive. When the hell they gonna lower the price to 25 dollars for unlimited?? There's so much overhead (unused bandwidth in the world) it's ridiculous. The NWO and Bankers have gone way too far with this >

How the times have changed. Back in the day all anyone used was AIM because most everyone had AOL, then Yahoo and MSN Messenger. Now its mostly Skype, GChat, or FB Chat. Sounds like Yahoo messenger is getting stripped down to about the functionality of Facebook Chat, maybe less

The last time I went into a Yahoo chat room about a year ago....they have pretty much been nothing but people creating chat bots and trying to advertise porn sites in all the rooms.

One chat room that I could tell was 99% advertising chat bots...and maybe...1% real people.

texasghost said,
The last time I went into a Yahoo chat room about a year ago....they have pretty much been nothing but people creating chat bots and trying to advertise porn sites in all the rooms.

One chat room that I could tell was 99% advertising chat bots...and maybe...1% real people.


Yup

texasghost said,
The last time I went into a Yahoo chat room about a year ago....they have pretty much been nothing but people creating chat bots and trying to advertise porn sites in all the rooms.

One chat room that I could tell was 99% advertising chat bots...and maybe...1% real people.


Yeah, probably been around 10 years since I been there, and I stopped going cuz of all the bots, was ridiculous./

togermano said,
AIM was always the best messenger service I still use it

That's cool that you use it but the problem is........

Who else uses it?

pes2013 said,

That's cool that you use it but the problem is........

Who else uses it?

If I am meeting people to hook up with I usually talk to them on aim first....

"First of all Yahoo Messenger will lose interoperability with Microsoft's Live Messenger. Users will still see their Live friends online but they will not be able to send them messages or interact in any way."
>That's just stupid.
Also, that's why you never mix services in such a way. Talk about maximizing your dependencies.

"This is somewhat of a big deal as the interop was certainly an important feature."
>Kind of yeah.

"Chat Rooms as well as Voice calls to landlines are also getting cut. Arguably nobody cares about chat rooms anymore"
>Speak for yourself, man. Finding good chat rooms where you can meet strangers and talk to them based on topics is a dying thing on the internet, thanks to all the "think of the children" whiners and social networks that are not the same.
Chat rooms are still massively used, surely less people care about them, but saying they are completely irrelevant is ridiculous and ignoring other people's preferences.

GS:mac

I never said all chat rooms are irrelevant. I said Yahoo's chat rooms are irrelevant and as someone pointed out above "Those weren't chat rooms they were bot infected piece of ****."

Vlad Dudau said,
I never said all chat rooms are irrelevant. I said Yahoo's chat rooms are irrelevant and as someone pointed out above "Those weren't chat rooms they were bot infected piece of ****."

Fair enough then.

I haven't used Yahoo's chat room in ages, but I like the ones I frequent, so I thought it was a poke at the idea of chat room in general.

I take back my complaint then

GS:mac

Who still uses Yahoo! messenger?

I forgot it even existed, last time I used it was about 10 years ago when I had to choose US version to get access to chat rooms lol

Detection said,
Who still uses Yahoo! messenger?

I forgot it even existed, last time I used it was about 10 years ago when I had to choose US version to get access to chat rooms lol


i do now that they killed window live i had too swich too Yahoo messnger

David Thomas said,


i do now that they killed window live i had too swich too Yahoo messnger

WL messenger still works though, just gives a popup asking to migrate to Skype

Skype will stand as the one IM service. MS will end WLM (aka MSN) because Skype is better and there's no point in maintaining 2 services. Yahoo! is way behind, they should give up altogether.

I pretty much forgot it ever existed. Then again, same goes for Windows Live Messenger until recently when someone actually asked for my "MSN". I was quite shocked when that happened.

.Neo said,
I pretty much forgot it ever existed. Then again, same goes for Windows Live Messenger until recently when someone actually asked for my "MSN". I was quite shocked when that happened.

What's your AIM?

.Neo said,

I pretty much forgot it ever existed. Then again, same goes for Windows Live Messenger
until recently when someone actually asked for my "MSN".
I was quite shocked when that happened.


In which case you should've reminded that person MSN is just a big portal website owned
by Microsoft, and that it's now been 7 years since Messenger carried the MSN branding.

Brando212 said,
did anyone actually ever even use ICQ?

Back in its prime over 100 million, and apparently today aprox 42 million still do. Old doesn't mean irrelevant. Still a good number of people on IRC as well, and that's "ancient".

Brando212 said,

or even better, what's your ICQ id? did anyone actually ever even use ICQ?

I used it in the 90s. I had a 6 digit ID which was later stolen by russians.

Max Norris said,

Back in its prime over 100 million, and apparently today aprox 42 million still do. Old doesn't mean irrelevant. Still a good number of people on IRC as well, and that's "ancient".

I'd love to see your source on that.

Chat Rooms as well as Voice calls to landlines are also getting cut. Arguably nobody cares about chat rooms anymore

Those weren't chat rooms they were bot infected piece of ****.

Vlad Dudau said,

Hence the nobody cares about them part

Yeah but I think Yahoo should have done something about that....

pes2013 said,

Those weren't chat rooms they were bot infected piece of ****.

Whole Y! network is poisoned by bots... Ive had many requests from sexy/hot/ready ladies that accidently found my ID etc.

Enron said,
So with all the IM services going away, what'll be left to use?

Skype. How it should have been in the first place.

pes2013 said,

Skype. How it should have been in the first place.

Does skype have an IM only way of communicating or does it have to be video/audio?

Enron said,

Does skype have an IM only way of communicating or does it have to be video/audio?


Yes, you can IM only on Facebook.

Suppose the last ones standing will be Skype/Messenger and Facebook Messenger.

I've never even used Y!IM, but it seems strange to me that they would remove the interoperability with other services. Is this something that Microsoft has forced upon them at the expiration of their agreement? If it isn't, the idea that they will increase their userbase as a result seems laughable.

"Here, use our product which has no USP what so ever".

C:Amie said,
I've never even used Y!IM, but it seems strange to me that they would remove the interoperability with other services. Is this something that Microsoft has forced upon them at the expiration of their agreement? If it isn't, the idea that they will increase their userbase as a result seems laughable.

"Here, use our product which has no USP what so ever".

Not strange. WLM is being canned next year.

testman said,
Not strange. WLM is being canned next year.

Getting rid of the WLM client has nothing to do with the messenger service. They just switched clients, skype will be the frontend. Skype is already using the same backend service as WLM anyway.

XerXis said,

Getting rid of the WLM client has nothing to do with the messenger service. They just switched clients, skype will be the frontend. Skype is already using the same backend service as WLM anyway.

you have that last part reversed. MS had switched WLM to the skype backend awhile back

Live Messenger will be gone by March next year anyway, so that's kind of expected. Shame really as i did have one or two Yahoo contacts on my MSN.

HoochieMamma said,
Why don't they just cut the service off completely? Rather then neuter the program?

Couldn't agree more

HoochieMamma said,
Why don't they just cut the service off completely? Rather then neuter the program?

Because not everyone wants to use Microsoft IM clients ever since they ditched backward compatibility and started random feature removal in Live Messenger and now serve Skype as its half-baked replacement.

MsftGaurav said,

Because not everyone wants to use Microsoft IM clients ever since they ditched backward compatibility and started random feature removal in Live Messenger and now serve Skype as its half-baked replacement.

Well... Those people could use Trillian instead, right?

MsftGaurav said,

Because not everyone wants to use Microsoft IM clients ever since they ditched backward compatibility and started random feature removal in Live Messenger and now serve Skype as its half-baked replacement.

Lets not forget that the included Messenger App in Microsoft's flag ship OS Windows 8 has even less functionality then all of them. It doesn't even support sending of files, something even the most basic instant message applications always have.

If yahoo wanted to, they could have just cut their yahoo services and migrated everything over to the Microsoft messenger network. It could have been done in a way that their users wouldn't have noticed. Crazy, I know but I think it'd be better then cutting half of their user base.
Let's not forget this also affects Microsoft accounts too. I have several yahoo contacts on my contact list and as this news suggests, I'll no long be able to talk to them without installing yahoo's messenger myself.. something that isn't going to happen on my Windows Phone, Xbox or PC.

MsftGaurav said,

Because not everyone wants to use Microsoft IM clients ever since they ditched backward compatibility and started random feature removal in Live Messenger and now serve Skype as its half-baked replacement.


If these are the reasons you don't use WLM, why use a client who just did the exact same thing, minus a replacement?