The old PC based Yahoo Messenger app is going to be killed. The date for this execution is the 5th of August this year. Yahoo made the announcement about 6 days ago. OK, at this point you might be wondering how a news like this got under the radar. I mean, Yahoo messenger used to be the biggest thing in the online tech world. The operative words are ‘used to be‘. Right now some kids versed in all things internet never knew there was a thing known as Yahoo messenger for desk tops.
Once upon a time, Yahoo messenger was the most popular online messaging app out there. Not having a Yahoo ID was like living in a cave. That was the go to app when you needed to chat with someone over the Internet. All this was before the advent of the smartphone and cheaper internet services. I sort of forgot an app known as Yahoo Messenger ever existed. The changes in the tech world happen at dizzying speeds that it takes just a new upgrade to consign yesterday’s hot news to the dust bin of tech history.
According to the statement from Yahoo, one can still use the app to send messages. Or even download from third party websites. But you won’t be able to chat with it though. Apparently, you can’t even get the app officially from Yahoo anymore. And to think that some people still use the app to chat is beyond me. Here is how Yahoo broke the news to a world that had already forgotten about the app:
At the start of 2016, we outlined a plan for streamlining the business and focusing on our strengths across seven core consumer products: Mail, Search, Tumblr, News, Sports, Finance and Lifestyles. To better serve the 1 billion users that come to Yahoo daily, we’ve decided to make the following product decisions:
Legacy Yahoo Messenger: In December of 2015, we announced a brand new Yahoo Messenger for mobile, the Web and in Yahoo Mail on the desktop, built on a new modern platform. This complete revamp brings users an incredibly fast, beautiful and smart way to send – and unsend – messages, photos and animated GIFs in 1:1 and group conversations. While today we provide basic interoperation between the legacy product and the new Messenger, we encourage all of our users to complete their transition to the new Yahoo Messenger as we will no longer support the legacy platform as of August 5, 2016. We intend to continue our focused efforts on the new Messenger, with a goal of delivering the best experience to our u;sers. For more information see here.
Yahoo Recommends: To streamline and simplify products for our publisher community, we are discontinuing Yahoo Recommends on September 1, 2016. Publishers can leverage our monetization solutions to drive ROI across all screens.”
All these came at a time when the outlook of the once thriving tech giant is very bleak. To underline how tough things are for the company, about 15 percent of the work force were shown the door back February. Its research and development division, Yahoo Labs, has seen a rash of departures of top engineers and scientists. And some products and services of the company like digital magazines have being killed because keeping them no longer made economic sense.
All these points to a firm that has being hemorrhaging money and man power recently. Therefore, killing off some products is how the company deems it fit to fight the tough times.
Yahoo messenger is not the only product to get the axe in the latest reorganization. The Yahoo Recommends service, launched just two years ago, would be dropped by the first of September. If you don’t know what the service is all about, you are not alone. I had to do a little research to find out. Apparently, like Yahoo Messenger, only a few people have being using it. But unlike Messenger which is a Legacy app, hardly anyone knew or had heard about Yahoo Recommends. Yahoo recommends is a tiny widget placed on a website to provide links to similar content on other websites.
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