Yahoo! Shutting Down Messenger Windows Live Interoperability, Public Chat and More

Yahoo announced it’s closing down some Yahoo Messenger services, including Windows Live Messenger interoperability, public chat rooms and more.

Yahoo has announced it will be closing down some of its Yahoo Messenger services, including one of the most popular features — Windows Live Messenger interoperability.

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Being able to use Yahoo Messenger to chat with Windows Live Messenger contacts was one of the grooviest features, in my opinion. Launched in 2006, the ability to chat with Live Messenger users will end December 14, 2012 according to a post on the Yahoo Messenger blog. Contacts will still appear, but you won’t be able to chat with them any longer.

The good news is that Skype now offers Windows Live Messenger interoperability and Facebook chat too.

That same post mentions two other services that are being closed down on December 14, 2012. Public Chat Rooms and Pingbox will also cease their functioning. I won’t miss these two too much, but giving a two-week closing notice seems a bit harsh.

And that’s not all. The Yahoo Voice Phone In and Out feature is also getting closed down. Starting November 30, you can no longer transfer funds to your account. The feature stop working completely on January 30, 2013.

With so many changes coming to Yahoo!, I’m not shocked CEO Melisa Mayer is closing down those which are either not brining in revenue or not the leaders in their silo. We will be keeping an eye on the other cuts and new services Melisa will be announcing so keep an eye on groovyPost for the latest Yahoo! news!



  1. Brad Noland

    December 1, 2012 at 3:55 pm

    I knew AOL would win the messenger war!

  2. Csere Mihaly

    December 1, 2012 at 10:59 pm

    I tell you why: because Microsoft is phasing out Live Messenger in 2013, and going in for full Skype support chat side … Basically Windows Live Messenger will be replaced completly by SkyPe in 2013

    • Brian Burgess

      December 2, 2012 at 2:47 am

      Good point!

  3. Holly Douma

    December 3, 2012 at 2:50 am

    I need that pingbox It is how people chat with me on my web page !!!! Anyone know of another program I can use?

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