You may know Snapchat, Whats App and Google's Gchat. It's the venerable chat service from the bygone era of buddy lists and screen names, much like AOL's Instant Messenger.
Introduced in 1998, Yahoo's service has languished in recent years as new chat apps have drawn buzz.
A Yahoo spokeswoman declined to comment on the reports.For Austin Shoemaker, senior director of product management for Yahoo Messenger, the hope is simply to get the app back on track."We already have a Yahoo Messenger in the market that we have not been maintaining actively for the last couple of years," Shoemaker said."This gets us back in touch with the market." There's good reason for that.Messaging has been a battleground for Silicon Valley companies in recent years.Facebook paid billion last year for Whats App, the chat service that has exploded in popularity and that, by the way, was co-founded by former Yahoo employees.