Yahoo Chat Discontinued for New Messenger Launch

The new Yahoo Messenger has some cool features

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Yahoo! released a new Messenger product in December, 2015. Yahoo! / Getty Images

First AIM, then Yahoo.

For fans of the popular Yahoo Chat feature once included in Messenger, the news of its closure was bittersweet. By discontinuing Yahoo Chat in Yahoo Messenger, the company said it would help spring the venerable messaging platform forward into the future.

A significant decline in the number of users is probably what drove the decision to kill the chat rooms, as was the closure of AIM Chat in 2010.

Granted, AIM Chat was still fairly robust, and meeting people was a possibility in those chat rooms. Yahoo, meanwhile, was plagued with issues, including everything from spambots to the last remaining real-life users kicking people from rooms with booters. Although a CAPTCHA was added to prevent spamming, it was already too late.

Yahoo Chat was discontinued on December 14, 2012.

New Yahoo Messenger Features

Here's the good news. Armed with an updated feature set and an array of new options, the new Yahoo Messenger launched in December 2015. Some of the features of the platform are:

  • Yahoo Messenger is now engineered with specific support for sending photos—which can sometimes be a burdensome process in a messaging app. The app now lets you send hundreds of photos, if you so desire, quickly and easily. The technology behind the scenes is able to work quickly by sending low-res versions of your photos, which are replaced with high-res versions after all the data has been received.
  • You can now "unsend" a message. This is a feature that no other messaging app currently offers, and it doesn't matter when the original message was sent—be it five minutes ago or five months ago—as all messages have the option of being recalled.
  • The new Yahoo Messenger is available in several formats. You can install it on your mobile device for chatting on the go, download it to your desktop, where you can comfortably use your monitor and keyboard while chatting, and even access it directly in Yahoo email.
  • Express yourself in Messenger with animated GIFs.
  • Chat one on one or create group chats easily.
  • Chat from within your email.
  • Use offline mode and anything you share is posted when you are back online.

Because Yahoo has been around for so long, it's likely that you already have contacts on the platform that you can start chatting with right away.

Where to Use Yahoo Messenger

You'll need to upgrade to the newest version of Yahoo Messenger, as older versions are no longer supported. Here's where you can use the app:

  • For your mobile device, get the new app for Android or iOS devices.
  • On your computer, download the Messenger desktop application for Windows or macOS.
  • In a browser, go to messenger.yahoo.com.
  • Chat directly in your Yahoo Mail account.