Yahoo shuts down Messenger Interoperability, Chat Room, PingBox, Voice Phone, etc

Yahoo! feels some of its features aren’t adding enough value for its users as a result it is closing down some of those. Few days back, Yahoo issued a statement that it is discontinuing several Yahoo! Product features. The initiative would help the struggling US Internet giant refocus on modernizing its core service, believes Yahoo.

The details on the products that will be closed down are provided below in brief.

Yahoo! Messenger Public Chat Rooms

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

Yahoo! Messenger Pingbox

From December 14, 2012 onward  Pingbox feature will no longer be seen active on Yahoo! Messenger. Users, who have installed Pingbox on their blog or social networks, are advised to visit here to know how to uninstall the feature.

Yahoo! Messenger interoperability with Microsoft Windows Live Messenger

Beginning from the same date i.e. December 14, 2012, Yahoo! Messenger will no longer be interoperable with Microsoft Windows Live Messenger. Although, Microsoft buddies will be visible under your Messenger contact list, it would not be functional anymore. It will be seen greyed out. If you will try sending instant messages to them, the messages won’t be delivered.

Yahoo! Voice Phone In and Phone Out feature

Yahoo! has also decided to stop offering Yahoo! Voice Phone In and Phone Out capabilities from next year i.e. January 30, 2013. The service would also not permit users to add new funds to their accounts. Active users having balance in their accounts will be detailed by Jajah in the coming days on how to request a refund. For more information users can contact Jajah at

Yahoo aspires to make the world’s daily habits inspiring and entertaining. It would be interesting to see if the latest efforts from the company would help it in creating an experience that users will appreciate.

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Susannah Lindsay quit her job a few years back to settle down in a life of domesticity. She has been living in Los Angeles for the last three years, and enjoys following new gadget releases and the latest happenings on the technological front.
  • Ian Crick

    I have a Lumia 800 and access my emails quite often of the mobile, but I think some feature work through msn/hotmail or Mircosoft.  Will this effect people with windows phones.  Sorry if this sound a silly question!

    Thanks,  Ian

  • Susannah_L

    Hi Ian, I don’t think it will affect.

  • Roberta Harty Romey

    Chat rooms are a great place to meet
    and communicate with friends who share your interests. We’ll find
    chat rooms for a world of topics from entertainment to sports, to
    politics and pop culture. Liven up your chats with emoticons and
    custom fonts. The decision to kill off public and
    now there is a lot of discussion going on in the internet about it..
    noticed many made the jump to
    and wanted to welcome everyone to be part of the
    community .


    yahoo chat is/was the core for many years the end of it spells the end of yahoo 

  • ム ム

    plz plz open the chat room bcz its is a great place to meet with friends and new friend’s..
    plz open as soon

  • kuldeep

    Marissa Mayer fired is a good idea for yahoo and yahoo need to do this as soon as possible if yahoo want his beauty,glory and love back that people have for yahoo. Because of Marissa Mayer yahoo lost their followers ,fans, lover their Top Engineer,Advertiser And shutingdown yahoo Public chat rooms is the Biggest Mistake and that decision taken by Marissa Mayer. Because of this yahoo lose A big a really big amount of people who is using messenger services everyday and Expand lots of day and night Time at the end of the story yahoo is going down and if things are going like this in the direction of Marissa the day will surely come when yahoo says we are going to shutdown our all services so please Fired Marissa Mayer right now and save the yahoo World in fact Save people World.