Iconic Yahoo Messenger will shut down after 20 years

Iconic Yahoo Messenger will shut down after 20 years

Yahoo Messenger's contemporary, AOL's AIM app, shut down in late 2017. Now, the current owner of the messaging service, Oath, a subsidiary of telecom giant Verizon has asked its customers to switch from the messenger to its new group messaging service Squirrel instead.

Oath announced Yahoo Messenger's demise today.

Yahoo said the company will focus "on building and introducing new, exciting communications tools that better fit consumer needs". Yahoo IDs will remain in service for access to Mail and fantasy sports.

Oath didn't immediately respond to request for comment.

Yahoo says that you can download your chat history on Messenger for the next six months by going here.

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Yahoo Messenger's days are numbered. The company recommends Yahoo Squirrel, a beta invite-only group messaging application.

Since Yahoo Messenger's heyday, it has fallen into obscurity, largely at the hands of apps like WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger and Snapchat.

Yahoo Messenger users can use the program like they normally do until July 17, 2018. The company said that users can download their chat history to their devices; this option will be available for the next 6 months.

After July 17, users won't be able to log into the Yahoo Messenger app on either their phone or computer.

One Twitter user said they even met their wife while using Yahoo Messenger. You'll need to sign in to Yahoo's downloader request site, verify your identity, and then give an email address for where you want the chat log sent to. "Messenger since its beginning as one of the first chat apps of its kind", Yahoo! acknowledged in posting the death notice. Inc's primary assets. Along with purchase of Yahoo, Verizon created Oath Inc to oversee both of the brands it had just bought.

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