Yahoo Messenger will no longer be supported after July 17, 2018.
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Oath didn't immediately respond to request for comment. Users won't be able to access the service after July 17 anymore, according to a message posted to the Yahoo help forums. Yahoo also stated that it is abandoning the service in pursuit of coming up with a better communication tool that fits the current trends of messenger applications. Yahoo, which Verizon acquired past year and folded into a new holding group called Oath, gave no precise reasons for sending Yahoo Messenger to the grave.
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. Yahoo Messenger, on the other hand, failed to evolve as quickly. Since then, the service had been used by hundreds of millions of internet users. Users will have six months after the shutdown to download their Messenger chat history for old times' sake. 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.
"There now isn't a replacement product available for Yahoo Messenger", the company said, adding that it is constantly experimenting with new services and apps, one of which is an invite-only group messaging app called "Yahoo Squirrel" which is now in beta form.
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The decision to shut down Messenger should hardly come as a surprise.
In 2009, the Yahoo Messenger app launched in the iOS App Store.
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