Tuesday, 14 August, 2018

The message is lost: Yahoo kills off its Messenger service

Yahoo Messenger is shutting down on July 17, redirects users to group messaging app Squirrel Yahoo Messenger is getting killed off in July
Mandy Jefferson | 10 June, 2018, 06:45

'Yahoo Messenger will no longer be supported after July 17, 2018.

The venerable Yahoo Messenger is shutting down on July 17, as corporate parent Oath figures out how to offer a product that can compete with WhatsApp, Snapchat, WeChat and a host of other messaging apps.

Oath revealed that Yahoo Messenger is closing down after 20 years.

Yahoo said the company will focus "on building and introducing new, exciting communications tools that better fit consumer needs".

The most popular mailing services of those years like Hotmail and Yahoo have given way to Gmail, though Yahoo mail still has a moderate presence.

The end has come for pioneer instant messaging app Yahoo Messenger.

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Oath didn't immediately respond to request for comment. The firm will let you download your chat history up to 6 months from now, but otherwise, you'll be unable to sign into the service or see your messages from July 15. However, you will have six months to download and save any of your old Yahoo Messenger chat histories before those are lost forever. You may not hear about that, though - while some have fond memories of Yahoo Messenger, we're betting that there aren't a lot of people who've ever heard of Squirrel.

As the web has evolved, the messaging space has become dominated by quite a few apps, chief among them WhatsApp, Messenger and Instagram, all owned by Facebook.

First launched in 1998 as Yahoo! Since then, the service had been used by hundreds of millions of internet users. The desktop version was killed off in 2016 and, with Yahoo! transitioning from a standalone company to a piece of Verizon's Oath content network, many chunks of the old Purple Palace are destined for the scrap heap.

Got to the downloader request site.

One Twitter user said they even met their wife while using Yahoo Messenger.

In 2009, the Yahoo Messenger app launched in the iOS App Store.

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