Yahoo! Messenger! Will Lose Several Features This Month
Article by George Norman
On 03 Dec 2012
This December Yahoo!'s instant messaging application will lose several features: public chat rooms, interoperability with Windows Live Messenger, and more.

The Yahoo! Messenger team announced that starting with December 2012 it will start phasing out some features that “aren’t adding enough value for you.” Yahoo! Messenger will close public chat rooms, will no longer support Pingbox and Windows Live Messenger, and will no longer offer Yahoo! Voice Phone In and Phone Out capabilities. The team explained that by pulling the plug on these features it can “spend more energy on creating experiences that make Yahoo! the most fun way to spend your time.”


December 14, 2012 – No More Public Chat Rooms, Pingbox, Windows Live Messenger Support

Starting with the 14th of December, you will no longer be able to socialize with others using Yahoo! Messenger Public Chat Rooms. This feature will be discontinued. On the same date, Yahoo! Messenger will drop support for Pingbox as well. You will no longer be able to use Pingbox to communicate with others if you installed it on your blog or social networks. Interoperability for Microsoft’s Windows Live Messenger will also be dropped on the 14th of December. You will be able to see your Windows Live Messenger friends in your contacts list (they will be grayed out) but you won’t be able to IM them.

January 30, 2013 – No More Yahoo! Voice Phone In and Phone Out Feature

This feature, in case you’re familiar with it, allowed user to make calls to landline and mobile phones for an affordable price. As of December 2012 users are no longer able to add new funds to their accounts. AS of January 30th, the feature will be dropped.

Users who have a balance in their accounts will receive an email with detailed instructions on how to get a refund.

The latest Yahoo! Messenger edition for Windows is available for download right here on FindMySoft.

Tags: Yahoo!, Yahoo! Messenger, Windows Live Messenger, Microsoft
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