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RIP Yahoo Messenger: Iconic messaging app to shut down on July 17

RIP Yahoo Messenger: Iconic messaging app to shut down on July 17

Prior to this, the company also discontinued its AOL Instant Messenger, which was also introduced 20 years ago. Yahoo Messenger, on the other hand, failed to evolve as quickly.

Yahoo said in a statement that users can download their chat history from the firm's website. 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.

Those who are still clinging to the age-old messaging service will be redirected to a new group messaging app, Squirrel, The Next Web reported.

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The reason cited for this decision by Oath is that they have built Squirrel with a much better technology and more dynamic features that the customers may like, while acknowledging that it is not a very happy decision they have made to shut down Yahoo messenger. However, the app never gained any traction and Yahoo killed the product less than a year later, in March 2016.

According to Oath's brand-information site, Yahoo Messenger had a "peak user reach" of 122.6 million users. 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. Oath said that your chat history would remain accessible for six months, but the desktop app would serve no other function during that timeframe. This gave users the ability to use the service while on mobile devices.

Yahoo will email the file to users after a certain period of time. Now they're aiming for Yahoo Messenger, one of the original chat services. "Messenger since its beginning as one of the first chat apps of its kind", Yahoo! acknowledged in posting the death notice.


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