End of an era: Yahoo Messenger is being shut down next month

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On June 8, Oath - the parent company of Yahoo - announced that it will shut down Yahoo Messenger on July 17, 2018. Since then you can use it as usual, however, after that users won't be able to access the chats or use the service.

Although there isn't an immediate replacement for Yahoo Messenger, the company suggests Yahoo Squirrel - an invite-only group messaging app now in beta - as an alternative.

Yahoo Messenger first launched in 1998 as Yahoo Pager, back in a time before smartphones, when kids actually knew what a pager referred to.

Oath is also permitting the users of Yahoo messenger to download and save the chat history from their Yahoo account if they so desire, though it has to be within the device but not integrated with another app. Yahoo recommends that users remove them from their devices as they can't be used anymore after the date.

Yahoo said in a statement that users can download their chat history from the firm's website.

Head over to the downloader request site. And with the rise of smartphones, Apple's iMessage, Message+ on Android and other apps, such as Snapchat and China's WeChat, have effectively pushed Yahoo Messenger out of the way.

You will receive the chat history on your entered email ID.

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.

Yahoo has no direct replacement for Yahoo Messenger users. "Messenger since its beginning as one of the first chat apps of its kind", Yahoo! acknowledged in posting the death notice.

Alongside that, the company, as a part of Oath, is now owned by Verizon, the telecoms behemoth.

Do you miss any of the old messaging services?

Although Oath did not provide a reason for the closing, it is clear that Yahoo Messenger could not compete with the other messaging services.

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