Yahoo Messenger to Shut Down as Company Seeks Modern Communication Tools

June 14, 2018, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

It’s the end of an era. Yahoo Messenger, the app that introduced many of us to the world of chatting and instant messaging is bidding its farewell. Yahoo has announced that it will be shutting down the Yahoo Messenger services by next month.

Users will be given time until July 17 to get done with the Yahoo Messenger, as they won’t be able to log in to the service after that date. Users can have their complete chat history downloaded by logging in to the service through this download request site. The chat history will be made available via emails.

The shutdown of Yahoo Messenger will sure make many upset, but it wasn’t a surprise decision after all. The shutdown of AOL Instant Messenger by Oath, the umbrella company that runs both Yahoo and AOL, was a signal indeed.

The struggle of old-school instant messenger apps in the modern world has become more apparent than ever with the dominance of smartphone-oriented communication tools like WhatsApp, Messenger, etc. Yahoo hasn’t provided a specific reason for the shutdown, but the company did mention that it will be pursuing its efforts for developing new communication tools that would be better serving the consumer needs and requirements.

One such effort is the messaging app called Squirrel, which is one among the many new apps that are being tested by Yahoo at the moment. Squirrel has been on beta since last month, and users can try the app through an invite mode. You can request for an invite here. But do keep in mind that Squirrel wouldn’t exactly be the Yahoo Messenger replacement. Yahoo isn’t having plans to provide a replacement, and Squirrel is just a suggested app which you can try as an alternate.

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