Updated: February 02, 2020
Yahoo! Messenger was an instant messaging client and associated protocol provided by Yahoo!. Yahoo! Messenger offers PC-PC, PC-Phone and Phone-to-PC service, file transfers, webcam hosting, text messaging service, and chat rooms in various categories.
2018. Yahoo Messenger is shutting down
Yahoo Messenger, one of the first instant messengers, will shut down the service on July 17. The company is not specific about its reasons for shutting down Messenger, but the writing has been on the wall for some time, given the dominance today of Facebook’s WhatsApp and Messenger, Snapchat, WeChat and a number of others. Notably, Oath also shut down AIM, AOL’s equivalent messaging app, in October. Yahoo says that you can download your chat history on Messenger for the next six months by going here. Files go to your computer or device — but not specifically to another messaging app.
2015. Yahoo Messenger becomes a mobile messenger
Yahoo is now breathing new life into Yahoo Messenger with a set of new messaging apps. The older web-based Yahoo Messenger will continue to be supported for the next couple months but will eventually be retired, the company says. The new Yahoo Messenger app is similar to WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger and other messaging apps. But it does have a few tricks of its own, including built-in GIF search (via Tumblr) and the ability to share large numbers of photos almost instantly, regardless of whether you're on Wi-Fi or a data connection (via Flickr.) You can also like individual messages within a thread or unsend a message you've sent at any time. In addition to the iOS and Android app, the new Yahoo Messenger also has a web app and will appear within Yahoo Mail on desktop, where it will function similarly to Google Hangouts within Gmail.
2004. Yahoo mulls new features for Messenger
Yahoo is gauging demand for new instant messaging features that would allow people to listen to music while chatting, or manage a single address book from IM. In the past week, Yahoo started issuing surveys to select visitors of its Web network, questioning them on their preferences for potential features on Yahoo Messenger, the company's popular instant chat application. Fresh features could include games, friend icons, avatars or stealth-mode capabilities within Yahoo Messenger. Another enhancement includes letting IM users listen to music from the application and share information about their music tastes. Yahoo outlined nine new features for IM. Apart from the online music feature, Yahoo is exploring adding new emoticons to Messenger, as well as avatars or audibles. Avators would let people create a customizable character to display in the IM window with which it could express moods during chat. Similarly, audibles are small animations with sound that people can use to express themselves.