Yahoo Messenger Gets A July 17 Execution Date

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Oath took this opportunity to remind everyone about Yahoo Squirrel, which is an invite-only group messaging app, now in beta.

Yahoo will be putting to rest its instant messaging app Yahoo Messenger on July 17.

"As the communications landscape continues to change over, we're focusing on building and introducing new, exciting communications tools that better fit consumer needs", Yahoo said in a statement announcing Messenger's wind-down.

Yahoo Messenger is shutting down.

Users have six months to download their chat history from the firm's website to preserve messages and other media. The company said that users can download their chat history to their devices; this option will be available for the next 6 months. Until then, you can continue to use the service normally.

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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.

The retirement of Yahoo Messenger, which was an industry pioneer that got outdone by competitors, shouldn't really be a surprise. Oath discontinued AIM on December 15, 2017, and now it's gearing up to do the same with Yahoo's competing Yahoo Messenger app.

One Twitter user said they even met their wife while using Yahoo Messenger. Customers interested in signing up for the "by invite only" app, will have to log into their site and do the needful. We looked at some when Aol shut down its Messenger, and the list of alternatives is fine for Yahoo Messenger users as well.

Enter the email where you want the file sent and click OK. As with numerous internet pioneer's products, Messenger was ahead of its time when the product launched, but eventually was eclipsed rivals.

In 2009, the Yahoo Messenger app launched in the iOS App Store.