November 30, 2012 on 5:27 pm | In Features, Other services, Pingbox, Uncategorized, Voice | Comments Off
Here at Yahoo!, we aspire to make the world’s daily habits inspiring and entertaining. More than ever, we’re focused on building products that are beautiful and meaningful for our users. Sometimes, this means we have to make tough decisions — like closing down features that we feel aren’t adding enough value for you. This helps us spend more energy on creating experiences that make Yahoo! the most fun way to spend your time.
With this in mind, we have decided to discontinue several Yahoo! product features. This will enable us to refocus our efforts on modernizing our core Yahoo! products experiences and of course, create new ones. You can find more details below, including how the closures will work.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Free Messenger-to-Messenger calls will still be offered through Yahoo! Messenger.
Thank you to everyone who have used these features. We plan to keep innovating and building great Yahoo! products that will delight our users in the years to come.
March 13, 2012 on 11:41 am | In Uncategorized | 824 Comments
A quick note to let you know that a new version of Yahoo! Messenger is now available. In this update, we made general stability improvements and fixed some potential security flaws. By popular demand, we also made it possible to customize your “Recent Contacts”. Simply go to the “Show/Hide” submenu under the “Contacts” menu and uncheck the “Recent Contacts” item if you wish to turn it off.
Download the updated version of Yahoo! Messenger today. As always, your feedback is valuable to us and we would love to hear what you think.
Yahoo! Messenger Team
March 9, 2012 on 4:06 pm | In Android, Mobile, Uncategorized | 209 Comments
We are excited to let you know a new version of Messenger App for Android is now available! In this latest release, you can now let your contacts know where you are by adding your location when you update your status message. If your friends are nearby, they may just meet you there!
The ‘Add Location’ button in the Status Message view lets you add your general location to all status updates. You can also add a specific place, like a restaurant or park. Unable to find a place or local business from our suggested listings? Not to worry, because you will have the ability to manually enter a place or local business, which will be registered as a new location in our directory and can be used by other users on Yahoo! Messenger.
Please note that adding a location to your status message is completely optional and will only be enabled if your Android phone allows us to detect your location via GPS satellites or WiFi and mobile networks. Once you declare your location, all your buddies will see where you are so you never have to miss them again when you are in the same neighborhood. It will be fun, give it a try today!
Yahoo! Messenger Team
January 30, 2012 on 6:01 pm | In Avatars, Features, Fun Stuff | 100 Comments
Bring your virtual world to life with OurWorld IMVironment for Yahoo! Messenger! In this latest addition to the
IMVironment suite, which currently includes Emoticats, Dilbert and Flickr, you can create your own styled avatar and chat with your friends in a safe, virtual space designedto reflect your personal style.
Create a unique avatar that screams YOU!
With a pool of over 30,000 items, you can uniquely customize your avatar with a vast array of virtual items, including clothing, accessories, hairstyles, and pets. Chat and dance the night away with your friends, while earning coins for new items. As you level-up your avatar, you get to unlock exclusive new features – it’s easy and fun!
Design your own virtual space
Your OurWorld Condo can be decorated with furniture items that can be sized and moved around within your new virtual home to your heart’s content. Hang out with friends, dance, chat, and play mini-games to earn new furniture for your Condo.
Launching OurWorld IMVironment
While chatting with your friends, click on the ‘IMVironments’ button on the top-right of the chat window. Simply choose the ‘OurWorld Condo Game’ icon, and in mere seconds, you’ll be chatting with your friend in your virtual Condo!
Check out the video here for a sneak peek into OurWorld.
Yahoo! Messenger Team
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January 23, 2012 on 11:18 am | In Uncategorized | 286 Comments
We’re excited to introduce to you the *UPDATED* Messenger Help Community! In this new extension of Yahoo! Help, you’ll find a friendly environment where you can talk to real people like yourself, as well as members of the Yahoo! staff (yes, we’re real too). Whether you want to discuss features, seek help with an issue, or save someone’s day by sharing your wisdom and experience, there are a variety of discussion forums available to you. Come check it out!
While you visit, there are some features we’d like to bring to your attention:
Don’t miss out!
You can keep up to date with discussions by subscribing to them. Go to “My Subscriptions” and sign up to receive email notifications when posts are made to topics and forums that you’ve subscribed to. Have topics of your own? You can easily track these through “My Topics” and see what others are saying about your ideas and queries.
Boost your community status!
It’s easy to increase your reputation score in the community; just participate in a discussion to earn a variety of point awards. You’ll gain the most points when you successfully help others. A topic reply is good, a helpful reply even better, and a reply picked as a solution by the topic owner…the best.
These new community forums have only been open for a few weeks and already there are all sorts of great conversations going on. We’re continually seeking ways to improve the features of the Help Community, so watch for updates and be sure to let us know what you think in our feedback forums.
We’re looking forward to hearing from you–come join the conversation!
Yahoo! Messenger Team