Many who used Yahoo Messenger must have received the news of its burial next month. The once very popular instant messaging software will be shutting down on July 17, 2018. Users can still use the app until this date but will have up to six months to download their chat history.
I can’t remember the last time I used it, but it should be quite long. Yahoo Messenger has experienced a ‘ghost-town’ for long.
The reason for shutting down the app is not yet known, and as of now, there is no information about any replacement. If at all there is any replacement, it beats my curiosity why it will be shutdown before any replacement is made public.
However, Yahoo has offered an alternative, Yahoo Squirrel, which is an invite-only group messaging application. Yahoo Squirrel is still in it’s beta stage. Those who intend to join could request for an invite through squirrel.yahoo.com.
As of now, other good alternatives for Yahoo Messenger include WhatsApp, Telegram, Facebook Messenger, Signal and Snapchat.
While we prepare to bury Yahoo Messenger on July 17, it should also be noted that the iconic messenger app’s death has been long overdue. The few users who were using it was not worth the money Oath was spending to keep it up-to-date.
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We see that you’ve used Yahoo Messenger recently, so we wanted to let you know that Yahoo Messenger will no longer be supported after 17 July 2018.
You can continue using the service until 17 July but, after that date, you will no longer have access to Yahoo Messenger. You can learn how to save your chats by visiting our FAQ.
We’ve loved working on Yahoo Messenger for you and want to thank you for using our product. We will continue to focus on building and introducing new, exciting communications tools that impact and delight our users.
Visit our FAQ to learn more. Thanks for being a Yahoo Messenger user!
The Yahoo Messenger team