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Yahoo to drop public chat rooms from messaging tool

updated 07:10 pm EST, Mon December 3, 2012

Chat rooms, Pingbox, MS Messenger all get the axe

Yahoo announced last week that it would be shuttering a number of features in Yahoo Messenger and Yahoo Voice that the company feels "aren't adding enough value" for users. Chief among these will be the closing of the public chat rooms on Yahoo Messenger. Yahoo will also be shutting down Pingbox for Yahoo Messenger, ending Messenger's interoperability with Microsoft Windows Live Messenger, and closing Yahoo Voice's Phone In and Phone Out feature.

The changes to Yahoo Messenger will go into effect on December 14, 2012. Microsoft buddies will still appear in users' Messenger contact list, but they will be greyed out and users will not be able to deliver messages to them.

Yahoo Voice will lose its phone features a bit later, on January 30, 2013. As of November 30, users were no longer able to add new funds to their accounts. Active users with a balance in their accounts will receive emailed instructions this month on how to request a refund. Yahoo will still offer free Messenger-to-Messenger calls.

by MacNN Staff



  1. eally

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: 12-04-12

    OMG!! i will cry a river if i read this news 3 or 4 years ago. but recently i have quit yahoo chat and ppl in it. but thanks to yahoo which has helped me to increase my english speaking ability thru meeting ppl around the world with simply chat room. for those who just new to come to room and become a regular chatter i know its disaster. but life moves on, there are some other chat room instead of yahoo if they would like to try like yagoloo etc. so its not a biggie for me...yeah!!!

  1. ncvn


    Joined: 12-05-12


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