Yahoo Messenger Is Shutting Down After 20 Years

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Yahoo Messenger applications installed on computer systems or mobile devices will stop working after July 17, 2018.

Yahoo Messenger will be discontinued on July 17, the web pioneer giant announced on Friday.

The company is not specific about its reasons for shutting down Messenger, but the writing has been on the wall for some time, given the dominance today of Facebook's WhatsApp and Messenger, Snapchat, WeChat and a number of others. "As the communications landscape continues to change over, we're focusing on building and introducing new, exciting communications tools that better fit consumer needs". Pager, the service was rebranded a year later to Yahoo!

Currently, Yahoo has no replacement for Yahoo Messenger, but it said it is testing new chat apps, like its Yahoo Squirrel.

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Oath didn't immediately respond to request for comment. However, you will have six months to download and save any of your old Yahoo Messenger chat histories before those are lost forever. But over the years new chatting services like Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp eclipsed Yahoo Messenger in popularity. Yahoo recommends that users remove them from their devices as they can't be used anymore after the date.

According to Oath's brand-information site, Yahoo Messenger had a "peak user reach" of 122.6 million users. There was a time when Messenger meant Yahoo Messenger. We looked at some when Aol shut down its Messenger, and the list of alternatives is fine for Yahoo Messenger users as well.

Yahoo Messenger isn't even among the top 50 most used social networking apps on either iOS or Android and the company has struggled in the past to try to make its messaging apps relevant. Yahoo Messenger is also one of the first apps to feature BUZZing and music-status.