The End of an Era: Yahoo Messenger Is Slated to Shut Down

The End of an Era: Yahoo Messenger Is Slated to Shut Down

The End of an Era: Yahoo Messenger Is Slated to Shut Down

Oath, the Verizon media division that combines AOL and what's left of Yahoo, shut down AOL Instant Messenger a year ago in order to focus on new products.

Oath, the Verizon-owned company that now runs Yahoo Messenger, hasn't announced any plans to replace it with something that could become an actual competitor to the likes of WhatsApp or Facebook Messenger.

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

In place, the company is encouraging users to sign up for Squirrel, which the company has been quietly beta-testing since May.

Yahoo Messenger will no longer be supported after July 17, 2018. But over the years new chatting services like Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp eclipsed Yahoo Messenger in popularity.

For now, Yahoo isn't offering a replacement for Messenger, which attracted millions of users over the past two decades.

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With Yahoo Messenger being discontinued, Yahoo is letting people know about the Discord-like Squirrel app being developed by Yahoo's parent company Oath.

Yahoo Messenger was considered an industry pioneer in chat software, serving as a home for many internet users alongside the now-defunct AOL Instant Messenger. Pager, the service was rebranded a year later to Yahoo!

But some are still having a hard time letting go of Yahoo's OG chat app.

You can say that Yahoo Messenger was a runaway hit on debut.

Enter the email where you want the file sent and click OK. "Messenger since its beginning as one of the first chat apps of its kind", Yahoo! acknowledged in posting the death notice. However, you will have six months to download and save any of your old Yahoo Messenger chat histories before those are lost forever.

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