Want to read Slashdot from your mobile device? Point it at m.slashdot.org and keep reading!

 



Forgot your password?
typodupeerror
Yahoo!

Legacy Yahoo Messenger App Being Retired (pcmag.com) 61

Reader Irishman writes: Looks like August 5, 2016 is the last day for people clinging to the old desktop version of Yahoo Messenger. A new version is supposedly in the works but otherwise, it will be the mobile app or the web version. From a PCMag report: According to a new announcement from Yahoo, the company is officially killing off the old version of Messenger for good. You might be able to find it to download from some software archive website, but you won't be able to use it to chat with your friends. Yahoo is also switching up how it archives previous conversations. Any conversation histories you currently have (from using Messenger) are archived in Yahoo Mail, but they'll be going away on August 5 as well. You'll be able to export them to your desktop or laptop if you really need to save whatever it is you have typed to your friends.
This discussion has been archived. No new comments can be posted.

Legacy Yahoo Messenger App Being Retired

Comments Filter:
  • The web version they silently deployed some time ago is total crap, now YM is definitely dead.
    • Re: (Score:2, Informative)

      by Anonymous Coward

      who cares?

    • by Yvan256 ( 722131 ) on Monday June 13, 2016 @10:12AM (#52306359) Homepage Journal

      YM is definitely dead

      Did Netcraft confirm this?

    • Re: (Score:2, Interesting)

      by Anonymous Coward

      Pidgin still works fine. I just checked and my account is still connected. Do I lose my pidgin connection soon? I have 0 buddies on yahoo so I do not really care. I just use it to keep the old screen name active.

    • by war4peace ( 1628283 ) on Monday June 13, 2016 @11:14AM (#52306985)

      Wow. Just wow.
      I have over 500 contacts in my Y!M list, out of which I am usually chatting with about 30 of them.
      Yahoo Web messenger is horrible. Generally speaking, any messenger that loads in a browser window is horrible.
      I'm wondering what are the alternatives...

      Facebook is a total no-go. Whatsapp requires a valid phone number, many people I know don't want to provide their phone number just for a chat service. Google Talk would be the best alternative I can think of.

    • (says it all)

  • Shock (Score:5, Interesting)

    by drdread66 ( 1063396 ) on Monday June 13, 2016 @10:10AM (#52306333)

    When the human body goes into shock from blood loss, the first reaction is to shut off blood flow to the extremities so there is enough blood left to keep the brain and core going. I see this announcement as analogous for Yahoo, except it's "cash shock" at work.

  • Well then.. (Score:5, Funny)

    by Virtucon ( 127420 ) on Monday June 13, 2016 @10:11AM (#52306341)

    Back to ICQ I guess.

  • for Trillian and Pidgin.

    I used to be invested in MSN chat... then that went away.

    Now I just have Google, Yahoo!, AOL and FB in my Trillian client.

    I fully expect FB to go next, followed by Google. AOL doesn't have enough market share to be a bully so I am guessing that will be my new primary chat network (until they go under or get bought out).

    One at a time, I will be dropping off chat networks. There is no way I am being railroaded into bloatware chat apps though.

    • AOL doesn't have enough market share to be a bully so I am guessing that will be my new primary chat network (until they go under or get bought out

      Verizon already acquired AOL.

  • by allo ( 1728082 ) on Monday June 13, 2016 @10:18AM (#52306417)

    Logged in to icq.com to change my icq password and suddenly it reported a compromised account (i guess because it never saw the ip before) and required me to add a mobile number to the account. If i were an attacker, i now not only had the old password (and can change it to a new one), but would even have added my number as recovery option. So i guess security isn't the issue here, they want to collect phone numbers.
    And without adding it, i can login with a client, but sending a message returns, that the account is locked.

    Thankfully it was only an old account i never used much and not my primary one.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Monday June 13, 2016 @10:31AM (#52306543)

    I work in physical commodities trading. Think cargoes of fuel, grain, derivatives, etc. 90% of my deals are closed via Yahoo, either directly with counterparties or via brokers. Brokers "flash" obscure quotes for things such as Eurobob/WTI spreads, ethanol, calendar spread swaps, truckloads of X ready to go to Y, etc. Not sure if there are any profesions who rely on Yahoo as much as mine. (Incidentally, a lot of guys in other markets use AOL, mostly natural gas).

    • by ColdWetDog ( 752185 ) on Monday June 13, 2016 @10:48AM (#52306731) Homepage

      I work in physical commodities trading. Think cargoes of fuel, grain, derivatives, etc. 90% of my deals are closed via Yahoo, either directly with counterparties or via brokers. Brokers "flash" obscure quotes for things such as Eurobob/WTI spreads, ethanol, calendar spread swaps, truckloads of X ready to go to Y, etc. Not sure if there are any profesions who rely on Yahoo as much as mine. (Incidentally, a lot of guys in other markets use AOL, mostly natural gas).

      You are saying that a significant part of our core economic infrastructure depends on AOL and Yahoo?

      I'm leaving.....

    • by ADRA ( 37398 )

      100% true. Yahoo and AOL for sure. In the end, one will use whatever technology stack necessary to make themselves rich.

    • by The-Ixian ( 168184 ) on Monday June 13, 2016 @12:03PM (#52307563)

      I recall doing some work for a commodities trader at one point (about 10 years ago).

      He was using Yahoo! and AOL messenger and needed a way to record all conversations that he and his staff were having while using these platforms.

      I remember setting up a Jabber server as a proxy and did all the logging at the server level.

      Anyway, it is interesting to hear your comment. Thanks for sharing.

    • by fsagx ( 1936954 )

      Do you know why that is the case? (I don't know. Just curious.) Yahoo finance used to have some interesting features and seemed ahead of its time for a free service. Was the messenger adoption in your industry a draft effect from this?

  • Are you telling me that those losers are actually still around? Talk about some epic strugglers... Yahoo has been trying to claw their way out of a grave(which they dug themselves) for nearly as long as they've been around.

    I wish they would stop fighting it and just die already... it's embarrassing seeing this once proud company fighting death like this... struggling for every last breath... kind of like AOL... poor bastards.

    • Yahell 3 minute asshole game-players and chatrooms full of porn bots then instant messages from pornbots too. i uninstalled yahell messenger oh about 8 years ago. they had so many people abusing other people in the chat rooms with booters and harassment and not a peep from yahell other then click ignore.....
  • by codeButcher ( 223668 ) on Monday June 13, 2016 @02:14PM (#52308797)
    I guess this app needs to be killed because it doesn't harvest the user's phonebook and telephone number (among other things).
  • Q: Can I use Yahoo Messenger with 3rd party messaging apps?
    A: No. The new version of Yahoo Messenger doesn't work with 3rd party clients, like Trillian and Pidgin.

    The entire reason for them shutting this down is to cut off 3rd-party chat apps so you're forced to use their solution, including any embedded ads and backdoors they implement. Pidgin and Trillian both support out-of-band encryption and security plugins so you can hide the content of your chats entirely, but this new platform entirely blocks that

  • I assume they will still work with the same servers?

"Wish not to seem, but to be, the best." -- Aeschylus

Working...