Yahoo! is in a rough state, trying desperately to get back on its feet. Now they’ve set their sights on Yahoo! Messenger and are trimming down some of their long-standing features. In a blogpost, they’ve announced some of the features that they’re discontinuing. Most of the Yahoo! Messenger discontinuations will be at the end of the year, on December 14, 2012, while Yahoo! Voice Phone In and Phone Out will last till January 30 of next year.
First off, Yahoo! Messenger’s Public Chat Rooms feature will be closed down. Yahoo! Messenger Pingbox will be shut down as well. Pingbox let users chat with visitors on their social network profiles, blogs, or websites through Yahoo! Messenger. Yahoo! will also be discontinuing their interoperability with Microsoft Windows Live Messenger. You’ll still see your Microsoft contacts but won’t be able to send messages to them. These features will end on December 14, 2012.
Lastly, Yahoo! will no longer be offering their Yahoo! Voice Phone In and Phone Out capabilities. It was Yahoo!’s landline and mobile phone service that used Jajah.