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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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.

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.

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

"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

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....

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./

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

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 >

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