Thursday, 21 June, 2018

After 20 years, Yahoo Messenger is shutting down

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Lori Graves | 10 June, 2018, 06:47

Oath said that those loyal fans (are there any left?) who are looking for an alternative can choose to use the invite-only group messaging app called Yahoo Squirrel, which is now in beta.

Yahoo announced today that its Yahoo Messenger chat program is being discontinued on Juy 17th 2018.

"We know we have many loyal fans who have used Yahoo!"

In place, the company is encouraging users to sign up for Squirrel, which the company has been quietly beta-testing since May.

For those who wish to download their chat history, Yahoo has a page where you can download your data for the next 6 months. Users will have six months to download their chat history.

Facebook Messenger has more than 1.3 billion monthly active users as of September 2017.

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Originally launched as Yahoo Pager in 1998 at the dawn of the Internet boom, Yahoo Messenger was one of several early instant messaging clients. Although Yahoo is experimenting with a new chat service, right now the company says it's looking to new communications options "that better fit consumer needs". Apart from one-on-one messaging, the application featured various group chats, known as Chat Rooms.

One Twitter user said they even met their wife while using Yahoo Messenger. You need to provide an email address for the file and Yahoo will sent the history to that email address.

The decision to shut down Messenger should hardly come as a surprise.

Like AIM, it had some what are now considered to be pretty retro features, including 'IMVironments, ' which let users customize their instant messenger windows around cartoon characters like Dilbert and Garfield.

The new version of Yahoo Messenger was launched in December 2015, and phased out the original Messenger app in August the following year.

After July 17, the Yahoo Messenger app will cease to function.

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