Monday, 20 August, 2018

Yahoo Messenger is getting killed off in July

Yahoo Messenger will shut down on July 17.                  Screenshot by Sarah Mitroff  CNET Yahoo Messenger will shut down on July 17. Screenshot by Sarah Mitroff CNET
Emmett Howard | 10 June, 2018, 06:44

In other words: Yahoo Messenger's backend is shut down at that time so that connections are not longer supported.

In 2017, AOL shut down its Instant Messenger (AIM) after a 20-year run, likely due to changing consumer habits that favored newer chatting services from Google, Facebook, and others.

Oath didn't immediately respond to request for comment. This means, starting from July 17, users won't be able to access or sign in to Yahoo Messenger. 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.

Today, it looks hopelessly outdated next to newer, more popular apps such as WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, Snapchat and others.

Yahoo Messenger users can use the program like they normally do until July 17, 2018. Users will have six months after the shutdown to download their Messenger chat history for old times' sake. While there is no replacement for Yahoo Messenger at the moment, the company does seem to be experimenting with an invite-only group messaging app called Yahoo Squirrel.

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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.

After July 17, the Yahoo Messenger app will cease to function. This gave users the ability to use the service while on mobile devices. Inc's primary assets. Along with purchase of Yahoo, Verizon created Oath Inc to oversee both of the brands it had just bought.

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.

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