Yahoo Discontinuing Several Yahoo Messenger Features

Posted on Dec 3 2012 - 5:02am by Editorial Staff

Introduced for the first time back in March 1998, Yahoo’s lovable Yahoo Messenger now removing the number of features. The company has decided to discontinue several Yahoo product features enabling it to refocus on efforts on modernizing its core Yahoo product experiences as well as the new ones. The changes are as follows:

Yahoo! Messenger Public Chat Rooms

The Yahoo! Messenger Public Chat Rooms will close down on December 14, 2012.

Yahoo! Messenger Pingbox

As of December 14, 2012, Pingbox will no longer be available on Yahoo! Messenger. If you’ve installed Pingbox on your blog or social networks, please click here to learn how to uninstall it.

Yahoo! Messenger interoperability with Microsoft Windows Live Messenger

Yahoo! Messenger will no longer be interoperable with Microsoft Windows Live Messenger as of December 14, 2012. Microsoft buddies will still appear on your Messenger contact list, but they will be greyed out, and if you try to send instant messages to them, the messages will not be delivered.

Yahoo! Voice Phone In and Phone Out feature

Effective January 30, 2013, we will no longer offer Yahoo! Voice Phone In and Phone Out capabilities, our co-branded landline and mobile phone service from Jajah. As of today, users can no longer add new funds to their accounts, and active users who currently have a balance in their accounts will receive emailed instructions in December from Jajah on how to request a refund. You can find more information on how to ask for a refund here, and you can contact Jajah with any questions at

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