The decision to "end-of-life" a product is never an easy one -- but it happens -- Yahoo! jus announced that the Yahoo! Web Messenger, will be discontinuing support after November 1, 2011.
Yahoo suggests to download the desktop client, which has some enhanced features like chat with Facebook friends. For those who don't want desktop Messenger, can still use Messenger in the new Yahoo! Mail, check this link to find out how to use Yahoo! Messenger in Yahoo! Mail.
Yahoo cites following two reasons for the dicontinuation:
- "First and foremost, now you can continue to use a Web-based IM experience in Yahoo! Mail: Initially when we launched Yahoo! Web Messenger it was quite popular with a number of folks who didn't want to install the Messenger client on their computer. Students, travelers and people who frequently used loaner computers understandably didn't want to bother with the download, but still wanted an easy way to stay connected to their IM friends. Yahoo! Web Messenger was a perfect solution. But, thanks to the latest version of Yahoo! Mail launched earlier this year, users can now easily IM and SMS with Yahoo! Messenger in Yahoo Mail with only a web browser, centralizing their emails, IMs, and SMS messages in one easy location. This feature in Yahoo! Mail made Yahoo! Web Messenger somewhat obsolete.
- Consolidate resources to deliver a best-in-class instant messaging experience: Today Yahoo! supports Messenger on the Windows PC desktop client, Mac and mobile and tablet devices, including iPhone, iPad, Android smart phones and RIM devices to name a few. We're seeing an increasing number of users on these products and we're working hard to continually improve and enhance the innovative aspects of Messenger like gaming and video calls. By discontinuing support of Yahoo! Web Messenger, we'll be able to reallocate resources to develop cool, new features for Messenger," Yahoo! said.