After 20 years, Yahoo Messenger is shutting down

After 20 years, Yahoo Messenger is shutting down

Oath, the Verizon subsidiary that operates Yahoo, announced Friday that it will shut down Yahoo Messenger next month. It thrived as one of the top instant messaging services of the 90s with hundreds of millions of people using the service.

It's amusing how, many years ago when someone said "messenger" you naturally assumed they meant Yahoo's, and today your brain automatically thinks of Facebook's.

"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. Oath said that your chat history would remain accessible for six months, but the desktop app would serve no other function during that timeframe. After July 17, you'll no longer be able to access your chats and the service will no longer work.

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.

Those who are still clinging to the age-old messaging service will be redirected to a new group messaging app, Squirrel, The Next Web reported.


Yahoo Messenger - initially Yahoo! While users can download the data to your device, it appears that porting the history to another app won't be an option.

Initially released in 1998 as Yahoo!

Users need to sign in on the site and type the Account Key that is sent to them by Yahoo. This gave users the ability to use the service while on mobile devices.

Yahoo Messenger also let users add custom avatars, away messengers and music tones for notifications. The Oath division was set up by Verizon to handle these.

Do you miss any of the old messaging services? No other chat service came close.

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