Yahoo Messenger is shutting down after 20 years

Yahoo Messenger is shutting down. The instant messaging service, that may be considered as the godfather of all the instant messaging services we now have access to today, will breathe its last on July 17, 2018, Oath, the Verizon-owned company that currently runs Yahoo Messenger has announced.

Users will have six months after the shutdown to download their Messenger chat history and won’t be able to access or sign in to Yahoo Messenger. However Yahoo user IDs will continue to work though which means you’ll still have access to Yahoo Mail, and also you can continue to use other services like Facebook where you may have signed in using it without any hassle.

Yahoo Messenger, that made its debut in 1998 as Yahoo Pager, may have begun the era of instant messaging — beginning with the desktop and then transitioning on to mobile but as users migrated away from dedicated chat apps to social networks and mobile messaging, the market for Messenger started to dry up. The desktop version was killed off in 2016, and now, with the mobile version getting EOL, you can say that it is indeed the end of an era. Over the course of time a plethora of instant messaging services like Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp have come up. Some of which have been better. Yahoo Messenger, on the other hand, failed to evolve as quickly. There was a time when Messenger meant Yahoo Messenger. Now, every time someone mentions the term, it invariably refers to Facebook Messenger. Times have changed. Yahoo Messenger, sadly, didn’t.

“There currently isn’t a replacement product available for Yahoo Messenger,” the company writes. “We’re constantly experimenting with new services and apps, one of which is an invite-only group messaging app called Yahoo Squirrel (currently in beta).” Squirrel is a group messaging app Yahoo started testing last month. You can request access to the beta here.

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