Yahoo Messenger is dead


Thus, on July 17, 2018, when it's scheduled to be put down, it will be exactly 20 years, 4 months, and 8 days old.

On June 8, Oath - the parent company of Yahoo - announced that it will shut down Yahoo Messenger on July 17, 2018. Prior to this, the company also discontinued its AOL Instant Messenger, which was also introduced 20 years ago. Pager, but was later rebranded under the Messenger title.

Yahoo is directing users to a group messaging app called Yahoo Squirrel, which is now in test mode.

Oath didn't immediately respond to request for comment.

"After July 17, you'll no longer be able to access your chats and the service will no longer work", Oath wrote to its users. As with numerous internet pioneer's products, Messenger was ahead of its time when the product launched, but eventually was eclipsed rivals. It's unclear when Squirrel will be available to everyone, but Yahoo wants to transition Yahoo Messenger users to Yahoo Squirrel in due time, and with Yahoo Messenger closing soon, we estimate Squirrel should leave closed beta sooner rather than later.

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Today, it looks hopelessly outdated next to newer, more popular apps such as WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, Snapchat and others.

Facebook Messenger has more than 1.3 billion monthly active users as of September 2017. Since then, the service had been used by hundreds of millions of internet users. There was a time when Messenger meant Yahoo Messenger.

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Distraught Yahoo Messenger users can either move on to one of the more modern counterparts or sign up to use Oath's Slack-like chat service, called Squirrel.

You can say that Yahoo Messenger was a runaway hit on debut. "Messenger since its beginning as one of the first chat apps of its kind", Yahoo! acknowledged in posting the death notice.