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Say goodbye to Yahoo Messenger!

10 June, 2018, 06:45 | Author: Tara Roberts
  • Yahoo Messenger is shutting down on July 17 redirects users to group messaging app Squirrel		
		
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Unfortunately, that chapter of our lives is about to close - since Yahoo has revealed that the service will shut down for good on July 17.

Yahoo Messenger was one of the first chat apps of its kind and has been around for nearly 20 years. Oauth, the new parent company of Yahoo and AOL, sold Flickr recently to SmugMug, and shut down AOL Messenger AIM back in 2017.

Oath didn't immediately respond to request for comment.

"After July 17, 2018, you won't be able to access or sign in to Yahoo Messenger". However, you will have six months to download and save any of your old Yahoo Messenger chat histories before those are lost forever.

Originally launched as Yahoo Pager in 1998 at the dawn of the Internet boom, Yahoo Messenger was one of several early instant messaging clients.

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However, speculations are rife that competition with newer apps like Snapchat, WeChat, and Facebook's WhatsApp and Messenger could be a major factor. The company has started redirecting those who are still using it to its new messaging app called Yahoo Squirrel.

However, Yahoo Messenger failed to make a mark in the user consciousness as platforms such as WhatsApp, iMessage, and Facebook Messenger continued to forge ahead in the mobile era, leaving behind desktop-first software such as the Yahoo app and Google Hangouts. Yahoo Messenger, on the other hand, failed to evolve as quickly. That can be achieved through a specific downloader request site. There was a time when Messenger meant Yahoo Messenger.

Alongside that, the company, as a part of Oath, is now owned by Verizon, the telecoms behemoth.

"We know we have many loyal fans who have used Yahoo Messenger since its beginning as one of the first chat apps of its kind", the company said of the decision. Yahoo Messenger is also one of the first apps to feature BUZZing and music-status.

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