RIP Yahoo Messenger (1998-2018): Oath Shuts It Down On July 17

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Yahoo user IDs will continue to work with other services (such as Yahoo Mail).

The new version of Yahoo Messenger was launched in December 2015, and phased out the original Messenger app in August the following year. It is scheduled to die on July 17 this year.

Yahoo Messenger users have six months to download their chat history to their computer or other devices. Ironically, it's the telcos of the world whose revenues have been cannibalised in part by over-the-top messaging services, although Yahoo Messenger's demise is far likely less related to that, considering that it is not one of the most popular services on the market today. Prior to this, the company also discontinued its AOL Instant Messenger, which was also introduced 20 years ago. Times, they definitely are a changin'.

Yahoo released the first version of Messenger under the name Yahoo Pager in March of 1998.

Yahoo Messenger will shut down on July 17. Too young to go?

Oath took this opportunity to remind everyone about Yahoo Squirrel, which is an invite-only group messaging app, now in beta. It's yet to be officially launched, although interested users can request to have access to the beta.

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Don't be surprised if Squirrel will be euthanized at some point in the near future as well. The company has started redirecting those who are still using it to its new messaging app called Yahoo 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.

"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", it notes. Although users can continue to take advantage of the service until July 17, 2018, Yahoo Messenger will stop working after that date.

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.

There has been a bit of restructuring going after after Verizon acquired Yahoo in 2016.

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

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